Minister launches Lassa fever, Coronavirus awareness campaign in FCT

FCT minister of state, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, Tueaday launched sensitisation and awareness campaign against Lassa fever and Coronavirus as part of proactive measures to advert possible outbreak of disease in the territory.

While launching the campaign at Gwagwalada area council of the territory,  he said the measure was aimed at ensuring that residents, especially mothers, take up responsibilities in preventing Lassa fever and corona virus diseases outbreaks in the territory.

The minister noted that the battle against these global diseases should be the collective responsibility of both government and personal commitment.

Aliyu, used the occasion to task religious leaders, traditional institutions and civil society organisations to join hands in the sensitisation campaign.

She enjoined the six area councils chairmen in the FCT to replicate the campaign in markets and other locations in their various councils.

Aliyu said one of the key preventive measures for Lassa fever and corona virus infections was neighbor to neighbour information, advocacy and sensitisation visits to communities, markets and other places where people live and gather.

The minister also stressed the need for all stakeholders to intensify the awareness campaign to prevent possible outbreak of the disease.

He  noted that transmission from person-to-person could occur following exposure to the virus in the blood, tissue, urine, faeces or other bodily secretions of an infected individual.

The minister, however, called for promotion of good environmental and personal hygiene in individual homes.


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