By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State House of Assembly has appealed to the State Government to urgently put measures in place for early detection of Lassa fever and treatment for the disease in case of any outbreak.
The House made the appeal while deliberating on a matter of urgent public importance on the need to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the state brought before it by Hon Ridwan Saminu who represents Saki East/ Atisbo.
Presenting the motion, the legislator observed that with the current increase in the news confirmed cases of Lassa fever and death occasioned by the disease in Nigeria, hence the need for the state Ministry of Health, Ministry of Culture and Tourism and other stakeholders to intensify campaign on the risk of getting infected.
While highlighting the nineteen states with confirmed cases of Lassa fever, the House warned that the proximity of Ondo,Osun and Ogun states to Oyo state should be a wake-up call for all stakeholders on health in the state to prepare for any eventuality.
The motion further charged the Ministry of Local Government to put measures in place for Environmental Health Departments in Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas to ensure the fumigation of drainages and gutters in their domains.
Speaking on the issue, the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Honourable Abiodun Mohammed Fadeyi said the motion was coming at a better time, just as he urged the state government to take proper measures to prevent the disease.
“I want to us as a House to call on government through the ministries of Information and Health to do the needful on the development.
Presiding over the motion, the speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin stressed the importance and essence of adequate and proper sensitization of members of the public on the need to prevent the deadly by keeping their environment meat and free of rats and other rodents already identified as the causative agents.