Lassa fever: Ondo Govt trains 54 surveillance officers, informants
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.
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.
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
said the training was not for Laasa alone but other diseases inclusive.
The permanent secretary noted that the trainees would also be responsible for sensitization and proper orientation of residents in the grassroots.
Similarly, Dr Waheed Folayan, the state epidemiologist, said that the trainees were important considering their vital role in saving the state from the epidemics.
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 she would encourage constant hand-washing culture.