Ondo State Government has trained surveillance officers and informants to contain the spread of Lassa fever across the 18 local government areas of the state.

Fifty four (54) participants were trained, three pLassa-Fever-2articipants drawn from each of the local governments .lassa3-300x194

Dr Taiye Oni, Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Health, said that it was necessary for the State Government to build the capacity of the trainees for effective service delivery.

Oni, who was represented by Dr Ayodele Adelusi, Deputy Director , Public Health in the Ministry, said Governor Rotimi Akeredolu , approved the training , in order to combat any likely outbreak of lassa fever in any part of the state.

He explained that trainees would function as Disease Notification Officers that would alert appropriate authorities, if there was any strange manifestation of the illnesses in their respective areas.

“These are the people to let us know if there is any strange development or outbreak because we cannot be everywhere, every time. These are the people across the state and they are not for lassa fever alone, but other diseases as well’’.

According to him, everyone has to be on alert as a way of averting the disease and thus enjoined the trainees to use the opportunity of the training to the benefit of the state.


One of the participants, Mr Adewale Agbede, said the training was timely, saying it was part of the build-up against the disease and its containment.

Another participant, Mrs Folashade Afolabi, said the training had enabled her to be an advocate for “Operation Do not Eat Rats’’ and that she would also use the opportunity to encourage regular hand-washing.

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