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Public Health Department intensifies Lassa fever sensitization exercise

10th Feb, 2020 | By Prudence Okonna  | ||

Determined to sensitize residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT on the lassa fever disease, the health Promotion and Education Unit of the Public Health Department of the Health and Human Services Secretariat of the FCT Administration has intensified its campaign against the epidemic.

The sensitization involves distribution of materials in the form of posters and handbills with pictorial representation of information on what lassa fever is all about; signs and symptoms, how it is transmitted, people most at risk, prevention and risk reduction and treatment options if any case is recorded. The sensitization exercise has been extended to markets, schools, motor parks and residential communities. Some of the schools visited included Festival Road Nursery and Primary School and Government Secondary School all in Area 10, Garki Abuja.

The markets included, Garki Ultra Modern Market, Utako Ultra Modern Market and Wuse Market among others . The communities visited included Bwari, Kagini and Saburi 1 Village all in Kagini District of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC. Responding during the sensitization exercise, a resident of Saburi 1 Community in Kagini District of the FCT identified as Aliyu, said the community had no health care facility nor environmental health facility and was in dire need of one as the community is largely populated.

Meanwhile, the district head of Kagini, Ayuba Baro in a response during the visit by the Staff of the Health Promotion and Education Unit, thanked them for coming to educate the community on Lassa Fever adding that it was important because prevention is better than cure. "On this issue, everyone knows that if one or two people are not well then the community is not well. Prevention is better than cure and that is why we are happy that they have come to educate us on this epidemic," he said.

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