Omu-Aran (Kwara) – The National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) has constituted a committee to enlighten people in Irepodun local government area of Kwara on the signs, symptoms and prevention of Lassa fever.
Mrs Moradeyo Abidoye, Chairperson of the society in the area, said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Omu-Aran on Monday.
She said that the assignment would take members of the committee to markets, churches and mosques, where they would also sensitise the grassroots on other similar ailments.
The chairperson called for adequate public awareness on how to prevent the outbreak of Lassa fever, especially at the grassroots.
Abidoye said that when residents were effectively enlightened on the disease, they would be in a better position to prevent its outbreak and similar diseases.
Abidoye said there was also the need to get the women adequately informed on their role in making their environment safer against any outbreak of disease or infection.
“The outbreak of Lassa fever and its attendant casualty in parts of the country is no more news.
“So, the onus now becomes the responsibility of every patriotic citizen to collectively prevent its further escalation, especially at the grassroots.
“That is why there is the need to get the people, especially the women folk, well informed of the A to Z of the disease.
“The whole essence is to guard against confusing Lassa fever with other ailments which have similar symptoms and to act fast enough in getting adequate medical attention,” Abidoye said.
She said that the organisation was also working with some non-governmental organisations and other bodies to promote girl-child education, violence against women and to ensure adequate protection for the widows.
Abidoye called for amicable settlement of the dispute between the state government and some teachers in primary and junior secondary schools in the state. (NAN)