The Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko, has reiterated her support and that of her husband’s administration to the welfare of adolescents and youths in the state.
Mrs. Mimiko made this promise at the official launching and commissioning of a newly completed Adolescent and Youth Friendly Health Centre in Akure, Ondo State Capital.
The health facility, which is located at the premises of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure, is an initiative of the state government to guarantee qualitative health care services to all young people in the State.
The centre is planned to offer integrated services in four core areas namely: clinical preventive services, community-based outreaches, treatment and curative services, as well as referral services.
The Governor’s wife emphasized the importance of the well being of the younger generation, as the youths and adolescents constitute about 30 per cent of the state’s population, adding that they hold the peace and joy of parents and the entire society.
While addressing the gathering, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, said the health facility is a well-being clinic, as it is meant to serve people who are not sick, but want to remain in good health.
He urged all parents and guardians to pay adequate attention to the young ones, in order to prevent them from engaging in anti-social behaviours that can have adverse effects on their well-being.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has blamed the mysterious deaths of 18 people in a village in Ondo State, south-west Nigeria on pesticide poisoning.
The WHO spokesperson, Gregory Haertl, said tests done so far at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) were negative for viral and bacterial infection, but revealled that a weedkiller was most likely responsible.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dayo Adeyanju, has asked visitors to stay away from the ancient town of Ode-Irele until the situation stabilises.
The Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju on Saturday said the business of harvesting and selling bush meat has been banned in the State, pending the time the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak is eradicated.
Adeyanju, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, said this measure was part of the State government’s efforts at safeguarding the people of the State from the disease, and not get caught unaware.
Although the traders affected may have to find other means of livelihood, Adeyanju noted that it was a sacrifice they would need to make for the good of others.
He also noted that “one needs to be worried and put all the machinery in action, to avoid an outbreak”, in their surroundings.
Hence, the Ondo state government had embarked on a light sensitisation programme, to avoid panic, before the disease was confirmed in Lagos, and increased effort, after Patrick Sawyer was confirmed Ebola positive.
The first set of people sensitised were health workers, followed by traditional rulers, religious leaders and residents living at the coastal lines.
Shedding light on government’s efforts at ensuring that the awareness level is high, Adeyanju said the campaign was being done in three of the major languages, spoken in the state, as well as in English.
He highlighted that the religious groups had also been spoken to, especially the Islamic community, where it is the norm to bury dead people within 24 hours.
Government had suggested the option of cremation, which has encountered opposition. Hence, the need to engage religious leaders.
Also speaking on the programme, the Commissioner for Health, Imo State, Dr. Edward Ihejirika, said the State had been worried since EVD was confirmed in Rivers State.
Speaking on the measures taken by the government to tackle the disease if discovered in the State, Ihejirika noted that dedicated Ebola helplines had been published and in light of the Federal Government’s directive that schools should resume on September 22, information, communication and education materials on the virus would be distributed to schools.