The Minister of Health, Prof.

Adewole made the call at the 2 Annual Scientific Conference on Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme organised by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in Abuja.

The minister, represented by Hajia Binta Bello, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, said that strengthening the nation’s health system would protect citizens from outbreak of diseases.

”To be free of infectious diseases, we need an approach which requires more direct efforts that focuses on inter-play between human health and animal health into one initiative,” he said.

Also, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, said that the conference was aimed at creating a platform for epidemiologists and public health physicians to share scientific work.

Ihekweazu said that physicians, through sharing of scientific works, would deliberate on the application of epidemiological methods to resolve the pertinent current public health issues in Nigeria.

He said that one of the objectives of the conference was to provide residents and graduates of the programme a forum to share findings from various field-based activities.

Ihekweazu said that the conference would also provide a training opportunity for the trainees on scientific communication and an opportunity for epidemiological networking and partnership.