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NOA Counsels on Prevention of Lassa Fever, Corona Virus Outbreak in Oyo


By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan

The Director, National Orientation Agency, (NOA) in Oyo State Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu has called the people of the State to urgently take  preventive measures to safeguard their health against the outbreak of Lassa fever in some parts of the country as well as the corona  virus in some parts of the world that have claimed several lives

Addressing newsmen during a press conference held in  her office at the weekend in  Ibadan, the NOA Director charged the public on the need to take proactive steps to prevent the  virus from spreading to the state  and

According to her, the two diseases are both viruses and there is little we can do to treat ,though the Federal government is on red alert on the corona virus, but then ,there are responsibilities on the part of our people

She urged the media to assist the government in sensitising the people particularly, rural women who who process their cassava products by drying them along  tarred roads for days exposing it to rats and  rodents to feed  , urinate and pass feases on

” We were told this is a source of lassa fever, we don’t really care about the environment which we are particularly those in the rural areas. We need the to now take up the responsibilities of ensuring that we clear the bushes around us to give enough space along where we live so that rats and rodents will not be hibernating along the bush  paths to come near our habitation

“Dosunmu advised further  that once a person noticed some signs of fever with symptoms  of catarh, cough,sore throat,watery eyes ,sneezing  among others, one should  quickly  see the doctor

She also advised as recommended by medical experts,that food should  be properly covered,  left over food eaten by rats should be avoided, regular washing  of the hands particularly nursing mothers and  as well , proper cooking of bush meats before consumption

On Coronavirus, she enjoined  the people  to ensure clean environment, take much water to avoid dehydration, avoiding living in overcrowded  areas and to also wash our hands regularly.



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