By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
The Kwara state government has said there is sensitive surveillance system in community and health facilities across the state to curtail the spread of yellow fever if it occurred.
This is coming on the heels of yellow fever resurgence in Delta and Bauchi states which has claimed no fewer 30 persons.
The Kwara State Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razaq in a telephone chat with Western Post correspondent, said surveillance health officers in those facilities have been trained on reporting of priority disease and pandemic prone to state Epidemiology unit as well as World Health Organization (WHO) state chapter.
According to him, “The state is aware of the resurgence of yellow fever in some states.
“If it occurred in the state, there is a sensitive surveillance system in the community(ward), Health facilities,LGA and State or surveillance officers who have been adequately trained on reporting of priority diseases especially the epidemic-prone to the appropriate authority (State Epidemiology Unit and WHO Kwara Chapter).”
Razaq added that there is well structured multidisciplinary, multisectoral Emergency Operation Center in place where activities and informed decisions would be taken to for adequate and effective response.
He noted that Kwara state is presently processing mass distribution of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN)in the State where emphasis would be made on use of these nets to prevent mosquito bites through which the Yellow fever, Dengue and Malaria can be prevented.
The Commissioner, however, said the state is planning to roll out an awareness and sensitization program on radio, television and other media on to the disease.