About the NCDC

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is the national public health institute with the mandate to lead the preparedness, detection and response to infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies. The first formal step to establish the NCDC took place in 2011 when some departments in the Ministry of Health, including the Epidemiology Division, the Avian Influenza Project and its laboratories; and the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (NFELTP) were moved to form the nucleus of the agency. The Bill for an Act to establish NCDC was signed into law in November 2018, by President Muhammadu Buhari.  


A healthier and safe Nigeria through the prevention and control of diseases of public health importance. 


To protect the health of Nigerians through evidence based prevention, integrated disease surveillance and response activities, using a one health approach, guided by research and led by a skilled workforce. 

Core Functions 

  • Prevent, detect and control diseases of public health importance.
  • Coordinate surveillance systems to collect, analyse and interpret data on diseases of public health importance.
  • Supportstates in responding to small outbreaks, and lead the response to large disease outbreaks.
  • Develop and maintain a network of reference and specialised laboratories.
  • Conduct, collate, synthesise and disseminate public health research to inform policy.
  • Lead Nigeria’s engagement with the international community on diseases of public health relevance

Organisation of the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control 

The NCDC is led by a Director General and has over 500 staff, working across its locations at the Headquarters and the National Reference Laboratory (NRL) in Abuja, as well as the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) in Lagos State which is a campus of the NRL. 

The NCDC currently operates through six departments. These include: 

  1. Public Health Laboratory Services 
  1. Health Emergency Preparedness and Response 
  1. Prevention Programmes and Knowledge Management 
  1. Surveillance and Epidemiology 
  1. Administration and Human Resources 
  1. Finance and Accounts

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