In the wake of the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in the country, NYSC state coordinator, Taraba state Mrs Yaakugh Florence has kicked off a sensitization for corps members on preventive measures to mitigate the infection and spread of the disease.
The health sensitization which held on Wed 29th January 2020 at the NYSC Secretariat, Jalingo for corps members serving in Jalingo LGA was organized at the instance of the NYSC Director-General Brig-Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim who recently state secretariats to liaise with the relevant authorities to sensitise corps members who will, in turn, step down the sensitization to members of their various host communities – a move consistent with his commitment to the welfare of corps members nationwide.
Speaking during her opening remarks, the state coordinator urged corps members to maintain high sanitary standards in their environment to avoid the prevalence of rodents especially rats which have been identified as the primary carriers of the disease, noting that zonal and local government inspectors have been mandated to liaise with relevant stakeholders to carry out similar sensitization to corps members in other local government areas across the state beginning from Thursday 30th January 2020. . “All corps members are expected to maintain a high level of hygiene and cleanliness at all times. Corps medical personnel are to ensure that the standard rules of protection are followed in the course of their duties”, she said.
In his address, the Honorable Commissioner, Taraba state Ministry of Health Hon (Dr) Innocent Vakai who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Taraba state Ministry of Health, Dr Musa Obadiah explained the mode of transmission, symptoms and treatment as well as measures to prevent the contraction and spread of the deadly disease.
Other speakers at the well attended sensitization include the National Surveillance Officer, World Health Organization Taraba state, Dr Bello Ahmed , the Permanent Secretary, Taraba State Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Mr Peter Toro, among others.
The exhaustive sensitizstateation was rounded off with a question and answer session for corps members and a group photograph with the coordinator, resource persons and corps members.