- January 25, 2022
- Posted by: KGSG
- Category: News
By Mariam Adams
The Federal Ministry Of Environment in collaboration with stakeholders at the state Ministry of Environment, Local Government Environmental Health officers along with the state Ministry of Health embarked on a 2 Day National Campaign on Environmental Sanitation Response Intervention to Cholera and Lassa fever outbreak in Egha community,Idah LGA,Kogi State.
The Chief Environment Officer,Mr Aghogho Ebetsere while flagging off the sensitization campaign said,the sensitization exercise became imperative following the spread of the viral diseases around the globe,hence the need to create awareness of the deadly diseases.
He indicated that the sensitization is targeted at community leaders as they can effectively pass the messages down to the grassroot.
“In Nigeria,cases have continuously been reported.Hence He advised citizens to imbibe good sanitary hygiene practises and take preventive and control measures”
Mrs khadija Muhammed,who represented the state Ministry of Health(State Epidiomologist) explained that Cholera which is a sanitation and hygiene enabled diseases is an acute diarrhoea infection caused by ingestion of unwholesome food or water contaminated with the bacterium vibrio Cholera due to poor personal conditions compounded by lack of portable water supply while the mode of transmission of lassa fever is from rat to human and also from human to human.
She urged the people to maintain healthy sanitary culture to curb the spread of Cholera and lassafever.Adding that the State Ministry of Health is adequately prepared to handle reported cases Hence the need to report any incidence to the Disease Surveillance and Notification officer.
Also speaking at the event, Mr. Micheal olatunde who represented the state Ministry of Environment commended the effort of the Federal Ministry of Environment for organising a timely response Intervention and collaborating with stakeholders to combat the spread of the viral dseases.
He said; The State Ministry of Environment is saddled with the responsibility and is committed to ensuring a clean and healthy environment for all kogites.Adding that sanitation is a collective responsibility of all.
In their various lectures,the Environmental Health officers described the two viral diseases as deadly while educating the community on the mode of transmission,they called for the promotion of good environmental and personal hygiene practices.
The Head of the Host community, Chief Amodu Gambo Ibrahim thanked the stakeholders who have collaborated with the Federal Ministry Of Environment to organise the sensitization campaign exercise in Idah Local Government Area.He extended his gratitude to the state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for His Genuine concern towards the health of kogites.
In their separate remark,chief Amodu Gambo and Hajia Mario Angulu (President of the Market Women Association reiterated their willingness to work with the Environmental Health Officers as well spread the message to the people to curb the spread of the viral diseases.
The Environmental Health Unit Officers were later dispatched to the communities in the LGA markets, schools and churches for the enlightenment and sensitization campaign while proper ways of hand washing and other preventive methods were demonstrated and hand sanitisers were presented to the people.