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Table 3 Some direct quotes from respondents on the design and implementation of the eIDSR

From: Electronic reporting of integrated disease surveillance and response: lessons learned from northeast, Nigeria, 2019

Theme Comments/quotes from respondents
DSNO/State epidemiologists views on the extent to which eIDSR achieved its objectives It improves the knowledge gap of health workers, through training, supervision, and on-the-job training.
Immediate notifications and actions were taken on diseases and conditions of public health concerns at the grassroots level.
It improved the disease surveillance system, increase the flow of data, and improve the early detection and investigation of diseases and conditions of public health concerns.
Surveillance focal person views on the major achievements of eIDSR in Nigeria It helped in the instant notification of cases that led to the investigation and appropriate public health interventions. More so, it brought line managers closer to surveillance happening at the peripheral level.
The major achievements included the illustration of how mobile technology can be used to report alerts of IDSR cases, data collection can occur at facilities and be readily available at all level, and dashboards for the ministry of health
It can be used to show data in real-time, and alerts can be generated to inform the leadership of potential disease outbreaks.
DSNO/State epidemiologists views on the ability to roll out eIDSR It helps in reduction in the printing of data tools
It reduces the cost of paper or written materials to do the job.
Surveillance data will be easily accessed with eIDSR than the traditional method of reporting. Data reported through the traditional system can be altered along the channel of reporting due to manual compilation
Surveillance focal person views on how using eIDSR have benefited their state and Nigeria It has contributed a lot in identifying and reporting priority diseases and other conditions of public health concern to the responsible authorities, for prompt intervention
eIDSR contributed to public health surveillance and response in the community
It makes it easier to report priority diseases timely and completely for prompt action
DSNO/State epidemiologists view on the output of eIDSR relative to the effort put in it It improved timely reporting and eliminate missing reports
It keeps the LGA and state informed about immediately reportable diseases
The system prompted me to verify cases from sources before sending them to a higher level for action
The system helped me to participate more actively in surveillance activities in my LGA
How eIDSR could contribute to public health surveillance in Nigeria It helped to improved reporting and response.
eIDSR has made reporting easier. Therefore, in the future, it will contribute greatly to surveillance such that diseases will be reported immediately for action.
It will help the country report on time outbreaks and other conditions of public health concerns in the communities. It also helped prompt the detection of cases that came from the community.