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The NIC is affiliated with the Department of Virology.  It is a member of the WHO global influenza surveillance and response system (GISRS). The NIC in close collaboration with the Disease Surveillance Department of the Ghana Health Service, operates sentinel surveillance for influenza like illness in 22 sites throughout Ghana with support from the US NAMRU3, CDC and WHO. Weekly updates are provided to the WHO and the Ghana Health Service, enabling constant profiling of influenza virus activity in Ghana throughout the year. The US NAMRU3 led partnership with the Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo Armed Forces, also supports influenza surveillance in the military with technical support from the NMIMR. Troop education seminars on zoonotic disease, influenza surveillance, avian influenza pathogenesis, prevention of emerging infections and biosecurity have been conducted in 12 military barracks in Ghana. No evidence was found for the presence of avian influenza infection in avian samples from domestic households in 2011 and 2012. The Ghana Armed Forces Military Hospital is a participating site in the integrated hospital based infectious diseases study with a component on severe acute respiratory illness. A comprehensive population based study on influenza and other respiratory viruses has begun in the Shai Osudoku & Ningo Prampram districts (formerly Dangme West district) of the Greater Accra region which has a demographic surveillance system. Technical support including training and diagnostic services, has been provided for molecular detection of influenza viruses to West African countries such as Burkina Faso (Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé, Bobo-Dioulasso) and Sierra Leone national influenza laboratory. This has facilitated influenza surveillance reporting to WHO by Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone. The NIC will continue to provide technical assistance in the West African sub region.

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P.O. Box LG 581
Legon, Accra

+233 030 2501178/79

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