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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nigeria : Lassa fever - Red Cross mobilises 300 for sensitisation in 3 states

Via Nigerian Tribune :

" The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) has trained and dispatched 300 volunteers to carry out Lassa fever sensitisation in three states, in the bid to combat the disease.

The sensitisation exercise, which is going on simultaneously in Ebonyi, Edo and Nasarawa states, will last for six weeks.

A statement issued by the head, Communications Unit of NRCS, Nwakpa O. Nwakpa, noted that water treatment tablets and other equipments had also been distributed to over three million vulnerable people in the three states.

Speaking during the ceremony heralding the distribution, the Secretary General of the NRCS, Bello Hamman Diram, urged the beneficiaries to put the items to maximum use.

He also enjoined them to keep their environments clean to avoid falling victims of not only Lassa fever, but also other diseases.

The secretary general disclosed that arrangements had been concluded by the society, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to carry out similar sensitisation in all the affected states.

Meanwhile, the society’s focal persons, Dr Uche Ogba (Ebonyi), Dr Kemi Aderibigbe (Edo) and Ahmed Saidu (Nasarawa), have donated five cartons of personal protective equipment (PPE) each to the three state governments.

Presenting the equipment to the Ebonyi State Commissioner of Health, Dr Sunday Nwangele, the head of Health and Care of the NRCS, Dr Uche Ogba, noted that the donation was targeted at helping to protect health workers in the beneficiary hospitals so as not to get infected by patients."

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