The Nigeria Medical Association, Osun State Chapter has taken an awareness campaign on Lassa fever to major markets in Osogbo, capital of Osun state.
The Chairman of Osun NMA, Dr.Tokunbo Olumide Olajumoke today led other doctors to Olu-Ode and Akindeko markets in Osogbo on the awareness campaign.
Speaking with journalists after the enlightenment exercise, the NMA chairman said the campaign was meant to educate the market women on the need to be careful with the vector (rats) so as to prevent Lassa fever.
According to him, “We came to the markets to talk to people on lassa fever which has been ravaging most of the state in Nigeria. As we are all aware, the vector (rats) are very close to the people in the market and when they (rats) touch what they (traders) sell, the buyers who consume the food would be infected.”
“It is very paramount to sensitize the traders on this and that’s why we embarked on this awareness tour to major markets in Osogbo and we are talking to the people in the local language and in a manner that they can understand and get the message so that we can prevent lassa fever rather than waiting to treat people when infected.”
“As you are aware, lassa fever is already ravaging Ondo state which is very close to Osun and there have been reported cases of lassa fever in Osun. We have recorded a death in Osun as a result of lassa fever at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Osun here and it was confirmed. Also, 40 people are currently quarantined at isolated centers and they are under close examination to determine if they have been infected. We realised that prevention is better than cure and that was why we came out to sensitize traders today,” Olajumoke said.