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Lassa fever: Ondo Govt Trains 54 Surveillance Officers, Informants | The Precision

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Following
outbreak of Lassa Fever in about twenty State of the federation, Ondo
State Government has trained 54 surveillance officers and informants as a
proactive measure to safe guard the health of its residents. 
A statement from the press officer in the state ministry of health, Abooluwa Famakinwa and made available to THE PRECISION, indicated that the Disease
Surveillance and Notification Officers, their Deputies and informants
from across the 18 Local Government Areas were trained on latest
technologies of preventing its spread as well as protecting themselves
from being infected.  
Speaking
at the training venue, Dr Taiye Oni,the Permanent Secretary of Ondo
State Ministry of Health, said the training was necessary to build the
capacity of the trainees for qualitative and effective service
 delivery.
Dr Oni, who was
represented by Dr Ayodele Adelusi, the Deputy Director  Public Health,
said Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu approved the training to combat any likely
outbreak of lassa fever in any part of the state.
He
said the trainees are the Generals on the field that would alert the
appropriate authorities if there outbreak or there is anything strange
in their respective assigned areas
The permanent secretary said the training was not for Lassa fever alone but other diseases.
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 the trainees
were important considering their vital role in saving the state from the
epidemics.
Dr Folayan, who
gave a comprehensive presentation and lecture on strengthening the
capacity of Surveillance Officers for better response urged them to be
extra careful, saying that there should be immediate report of the
disease to designated referral centers.
He admonished them to carry out community mobilization, health education and sensitization as the state look up to them.
The epidemiologist cautioned them to protect themselves so that they would not become victims.
One
of the participants, Mr Adewale Agbede said the training was  timely
since their job is  saying epidemic preparedness and response work.
Mrs
Folashade Afolabi, another participant, said that the training will
enable her to be an advocate for “Operation Do Not Eat Rat” and the need for constant hand-washing culture.
Source: The Precision

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