By Daniel Tyokua
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced sensitization campaign against lassa fever and corona virus diseases in the nation’s capital.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, yesterday, flagged off the sensitization and awareness campaign in Gwagwalada Area Council of the territory.
She said the campaign 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 explained 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 sensitization campaign, just as she charged Area Council chairmen in the FCT to take the campaign to markets and other locations in their various councils.
She explained that one of the key preventive measures for Lassa fever and corona virus infections is neighbor to neighbour information and to conduct advocacy and sensitisation visits to communities, markets and other places where people live and gather, hence the need to intensify the awesomeness campaign.
The minister who revealed that transmission from person to person can occur following exposure to the virus in the blood, tissue, urine, faeces or other bodily secretions of an infected individual, however called for promotion of good environmental and personal hygiene in individual homes.
The minister pledged the FCT Administration’s commitment to all activities aimed at strengthening the awareness and prevention of Lassa fever and corona virus diseases and outbreaks in FCT, while reminding parents and caregivers to ensure that they follow all the preventive measures.
On his part, the chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Adamu Mustapha Danze, commended the administration for taking proactive steps toward curbing the outbreak of Lassa fever and corona virus in the territory.
He said taking the campaign to market women was a step in the right direction, adding that when women and mothers take leadership positions in matters of public health importance, the results are usually great and rewarding to families and society at large.