LASSA FEVER; ONDO GOVERNMENT PUTS SURVEILLANCE OFFICERS ON ALERT

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No fewer than 54 surveillance officers and informants in Ondo state have undergone an intensive training on how to prevent  lassa fever and other diseases.

This proactive measure to safe guard the health of Ondo residents is a fallout of the outbreak of lassa fever in about twenty states of the federation.

The trainees include disease surveillance and notification officers, their deputies and informants from across the 18 local government areas.

They were trained on latest technologies of preventing the spread of lassa fever and how to protect themselves from being infected.

Speaking on the exercise, the Permanent Secretary of Ondo State Ministry of Health, Dr Taiye Oni, said the training was necessary to build the capacity of the trainees for qualitative and effective service  delivery.

Oni, who was represented by  the Deputy Director,  Public Health, Dr Ayodele Adelusi said Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu approved the training to combat  outbreak of lassa fever in any part of the state.

The Permanent Secretary noted that the trainees would also be responsible for sensitization and proper orientation of residents in the grassroots.

Similarly,  the State Epidemiologist, Dr Waheed Folayan, said that the trainees were important considering their vital role in saving the state from any epidemics.

Folayan, who gave a  lecture on strengthening the capacity of surveillance officers for better response urged them to be extra careful, and report the disease to designated referral centers.

He admonished them to carry out community mobilization, health education and sensitization as the state looks up to them.

Two of the participants, Mr Adewale  Agbede,  Mrs Folashade Afolabi, said the training was  timely since their job is  about  epidemic preparedness and response work.

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