Lassa fever: Ondo NCDC sensitises Principals
By Bukola Olamona
Ondo State Government through the Ministry of Education Science and Technology has organised a sensitization programme on Lassa fever in colaboration with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and its prevention for public secondary school principals in the state.
The state Coordinator of NCDC, Dr Yaya Disu in an interview said sensitization meeting with public secondary school principals, especially those with boarding facilities about the control and prevention of the current lassa fever outbreak in the state was imperative.
He said the teachers were taught on how to identify lassa fever and the need for them to sensitize other teachers and how to watch over the students in their care as they are the custodian of the students.
Disu said ” if a student develops any symptoms that look like lassa infection they should quickly report to the health authority so that they could access appropriate treatment.
” They should call Disease surveillance officers in their respective local Government areas who would now take it up and ensure they have access to treatment centre for testing and treatment” he stated.
Disu posited that the NCDC will continues to support states in strengthening their preparedness and response capacity.
He also said it is important for members of the public to practice good hygiene and take measures to protect themselves and their families.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Rev. Akin Asaniyan who was represented by the Director of School, Chief Olusola Akanle said with the rate at which the diseases is spreading, there is need to sensitize teachers and schools principals, especially those with boarding facilities.
He said students are more vulnerable considering that they are always together in their classes and don’t know what they should look out for, hence the need for the sensitization meeting
Akanle said the state government is not leaving any stone unturned to rid the state off the haemorragic disease.
In an interview with one of the participants, the principal of St. Monica Girls Grammar School, Ondo, Chief (Mrs)Ann Akinseloyin commended the prompt proactive measure by the state government to ensure safety in the state.
She stated that she now know what should be done if she sees any symptoms and where to put her calls through to.
According to her” they are able to enlighten us about the realities on ground and the precautions, they have told us what to look out for and the numbers to contact if anything goes wrong, am happy that the government is responsive to what is happening”. She stated.