Epidemiologist tasks Nigerians on environmental sanitation against diseases

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Mr. Biodun Ogunniyi, an Epidemiologist with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has called on Nigerians to ensure proper environmental sanitation in their surroundings to prevent diseases.

He said, most infectious diseases affecting Nigerians like Yellow Fever and Cholera can be linked to poor sanitation and hygiene practices in affected communities.

He  also said that every Nigerian has a part to play in reducing opportunities for disease vectors to fester.

The epidemiologist said that vectors of infectious diseases like yellow fever now have increased access to humans due to urbanisation.

He said that in addition to the government’s efforts to prevent and control disease outbreaks, there was need for Nigerians to take responsibility for their health as well.

Ogunniyi said that this would go a long way to ensure a good personal and environmental hygiene at all times.

He, however, disclosed that the NCDC, now has a national reference laboratory to diagnose infectious diseases like yellow fever, ebola, lassa fever and others.

The epidemiologist said that NCDC is establishing Public Health Emergency Operations Centres across the country as part strategy to improve health security at the national and sub-national levels.

In line with the global Eye Strategy to eliminate yellow fever epidemics, he said that NCDC is working with partners to prevent international spread of the disease.