While we were sleeping: Is Nigeria prepared for the next big global epidemic?

The NCDC conducted the conduct of a large scale simulation exercise in Lagos to test the country’s response capacity to a yellow fever outbreak. Photo source: NCDC

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece comes from Dr. Ibrahim Mamadu, Health Emergencies Programme, WHO Nigeria. He asks whether Nigeria is prepared with its population of 200 million people to detect, respond and prevent possible epidemic outbreaks and analyses what the country needs to do, to guarantee the health security of the population.