By Dayo Johnson
Akure—ONDO State government has trained 54 surveillance officers and informants as a proactive measure against possible outbreak of Lassa fever.
The outbreak of Lassa Fever has been reported in no fewer than 20 State of the federation.
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 during the training, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Dr Taiye Oni said the training was necessary to build the capacity of the trainees for qualitative and effective service delivery.
Oni, who spoke through the Deputy Director Public Health, Dr Ayodele Adelusi said Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu approved the training to combat any likely outbreak of Lassa fever in any part of the state.
“The trainees are the generals on the field that would alert the appropriate authorities if there is an outbreak or there is anything strange in their respective assigned areas.” Oni said.
Dr.Oni 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.