Northeast Nigeria Humanitarian Response: Monthly Health Sector Bulletin #2, February 2020

5.6 Million People in need of health care

4.4 Million targeted by the Health Sector

1.9 Million IDPs in the three States

x.x million people reached in 2020


• The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of the virus that has not been previously identified in humans. On the 28th of February, 2020, the Federal Ministry of Health announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Currently, four laboratories in Nigeria can diagnose COVID-19. In addition to the NCDC National Reference Laboratory, this includes the Virology Laboratory of Lagos University Teaching Hospital; Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital and African Centre for Genomics of Infectious Diseases in Ede, Osun State.

• From week 1 to 7 of 2020, a total of 673 suspected measles cases with 1 associated deaths (case fatality ratio 0.2%) was reported in the BAY states. Borno state accounts for 57% of suspected measles cases reported from the 3 States. The most affected age group was children less than 10 years of age, accounting for over 65% of the affected population.

• Regarding the ongoing Lassa Fever outbreak in Borno State, twenty-one (21) cases of Lassa fever reported as at 29th Feb, with 2 associated deaths.

• Key health sector priorities for 2020 are: ccontinuation of health care delivery in all priority locations and IDP camps and expansion of health services in hard to reach areas and underserved communities. Strengthen/expand disease surveillance, outbreak prevention, preparedness and response capacities for key communicable diseases.
Support secondary health services/system – streamline and strengthen the referral system from primary to secondary facilities.

Source: World Health Organization