TUC Calls For Intensification Of Ebola Sensitisation In Nigeria

TRADE UNION CONGRESS 2The Kwara State chapter of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), has called on the Federal and State governments to intensify efforts in the sensitisation of Nigerians on the prevention of Ebola Virus  in order to check the spread of the disease.

The State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Kolawole Olumoh, who told reporters that the state chapter of the union had distributed pamphlets to its members as part of sensitisation, noted that  the issue of Ebola was a matter of concern and should not be treated with levity.

He added that every stakeholder should collaborate with the government in the effort to educate and enlighten the public, insisting that the pamphlets will be distributed among its members in the state.

Ondo organises sensitization meeting on cholera prevention

Following the news gathered that there has been an outbreak of Cholera in some parts of Osun State, a Stakeholders’ meeting has been organised by Ondo State government to sensitize the residents on how to prevent the outbreak from spreading to the State.

According to Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, the sensitization exercise is targeted at communities in the State sharing boundary with Osun State, which are entry points where the disease, which is highly contagious could quickly spread to Ondo State.

This is Owode – Owena, an agrarian community with about Four thousand inhabitants, located in Ifedore Local Government Area, close to the boundary between Ondo and Osun States.

Ondo State Commissioner for Health is leading government officials and Health workers in sensitizing residents of the community towards ensuring that Cholera outbreak does not penetrate through their community from Osun to Ondo State.

Some members of the community used the forum to ask relevant questions and make contributions in respect of the issue.

Cholera is an acute illness caused by Bacteria called “Vibrio cholerae”. It is transmitted through eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
Medical statistics reveal that the disease causes over 100 thousand deaths per year in Nigeria.

Mimiko flags off maternal health week

The November 2012 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week has been flagged off in Ondo State by Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

The state governor though absent was represented by the first lady of Ondo state; Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko at the occasion in Akure the state capital.

She said the programme is meant to sensitize women so that they stay healthy by adhering to all the health practices, including routine immunisation of their babies.

Mrs .Mimiko was accompanied by the Health Commissioner; Dayo Adeyanju and present at the mother-child friendly programme were government officials, health workers, and representatives of partner agencies at the occasion.Pregnant women and nursing mothers were also present in their numbers at the premises of The Basic Health Centre, Ondo Road Akure ; the venue of the programme.

Speaking to Newsmen at the flag off, Mrs Mimiko said the maternal new-born, and child health week is organised to ensure safe delivery, routine child immunization, adequate breastfeeding so that the children could grow old and healthy.

She expressed gratitude to Governor Mimiko, officials of the ministry of Health and the Hospitals Management Board for giving women quality attention.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju lamented that some children under age five still die of preventable diseases.

He noted that this calls for proper sensitization of the mothers and other caregivers on key health practices such as: immunisation, sleeping under insecticide treated mosquito nets, hand washing, deworming, breastfeeding and birth registration among others.

Insecticide treated mosquito nets were distributed freely to all the pregnant women and nursing mothers at the end of the programme.

Health officials on ground also used the opportunity to immunise the babies presented by their mothers.