Following the demise of a male senior non-commissioned officer of Headquarters 3 Division, Jos Cantonment in January 2019 the 13 Brigade Headquarters of Nigerian Army in collaboration with Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency has intensify sensitisation and consciousness marketing campaign throughout it is Barracks in Cross River State starting at 13 Brigade Headquarters, Akim Qua Town Calabar, Cross River State on Friday.
Speaking, Brigade Commander OT Olatoye, sounded a word of warning to his males, their ladies and different merchants within the Mammy Market that the outbreak of the illness in some a part of the nation as confirmed by Centre for Disease Control was a robust sign for the people of the state to step up all preventive measures to make sure we don’t lose our males or their households to LASSA FEVER.
Gen Olatoye added that bettering private and environmental hygiene is essential to prevention at family degree whereas urging everybody to be cautious of rats making contacts with foodstuff.
According to him Prevention of Lassa fever begins with a state of consciousness, this illness could be very preventable as such nobody ought to die from it.
Speaking, Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu stated “we will cease LASSA fever in its observe if all of us play our half. Cross River state residents want to not panic because the State Governor, Senator Prof Ben Ayade in preparation for any emergency had supplied assist to the Ministry of Health and SPHCDA with proper instruments together with emergency provides and deployment of Rapid Response Teams to response promptly.
She tasked the healthcare suppliers particularly these working in military clinics to practise normal precautions always, and preserve a excessive index of suspicion. She reminded them that Lassa fever presents initially like some other disease-causing febrile sickness comparable to malaria. She famous that over 5000 people had misplaced their lives to the lethal illness final year.
Dr Edu suggested members of the general public to give attention to prevention by practising good private hygiene and correct environmental sanitation by taking efficient measures of storing grain and different foodstuffs in rodent-proof containers, disposing of rubbish removed from the house, sustaining clear households, and different measures to discourage rodents from coming into houses. She famous that Hand washing needs to be practised often as tradition.
Earlier Speaking, Lt Colonel M.O Yaya in a quick presentation and lecture famous that Lassa fever is an acute viral haemorrhagic fever, extraordinarily virulent and infrequently infectious, happens very often in numerous elements of Nigeria.
He stated Lassa fever is curable when there’s speedy laboratory testing to substantiate the illness, resulting in early graduation of therapy.
“To forestall Lassa fever locally, everybody are suggested to maintain their meals protected from rats and rat excreta Yaya famous, whereas urging everybody to cooperate with the Cross River state governments on this response.
The Director General of CRSPHCDA, Dr Betta Edu was honoured with a customer plague by new commanding officer of 13 Brigade in Calabar.