Lassa Fever: FCTA Begins Sensitization Campaign In Abuja Markets, Parks
Determined to avoid the outbreak of Lassa fever in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced sensitisation campaign against the disease in Abuja markets, parks and other public places.
The sensitisation exercise, organised by the FCT public health department under the Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) at the weekend, was carried out in Nyanya Park, Karu Market and Garki Model Market.
Speaking during the exercise at the Garki Model Market, the director of FCT public health department, Dr Josephine Okechukwu, explained that the sensitisation was meant to avoid Lassa fever in the FCT.
Okechukwu stated that although Lassa fever has not been discovered in any part of the territory, that the department decided to embark on the sensitization since prevention is better than cure.
“We have been educating and sensitizing traders in the market in Hausa, English, Gwari and other Nigerian languages on how to prevent the disease. This is because of the saying that prevention is better than cure”
Represented by health educator at the health promotion and education unit of the department, Hannatu Bitrus, the director also advised FCT residents, especially mothers to ensure that their environment is kept clean and block all holes in the house to avoid rats as well as ensure that the children imbibe the culture of hand washing.
Also speaking, the manager of Garki Model Market, Mrs. Jamima Abulele, described the exercise as fantastic, as the lessons learnt from the sensitisation could be applied at homes, offices and in other places to avoid the disease.
Abulele disclosed that apart from regular sensitization of traders in the market on how to prevent Lassa fever, that the market managers have also embarked on regular fumigation of the market to avoid the disease.