The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA),has said it had trained 24 Disease Surveillance Notification Officers (DSNO) to intensify on disease surveillance in the territory.
Dr Humphrey Okoroukwu, the Director of Public Health in Health and Human Services Secretariat in the FCT, made this disclosure to in an interview with the press.
Okoroukwu explained that the officers were selected from the six area councils of FCT as well as the Department of Public Health of the secretariat.
He said the training was centred on epidemic prone diseases such as meningitis, measles and Lassa fever among others.
According to him, the programme is anchored by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The director disclosed that plan was on to train 62 focal persons from political wards on disease surveillance in the phase II of the programme, adding that Community Key Informants would also benefit from the training.
He said that such training would now be on a continuous basis; to be conducted in FCT annually.
Okoroukwu said that there was no confirmed case of meningitis recorded so far in the territory.
He explained that the available suspected cases in Kubwa could not be confirmed before the victims died sometime last month.
Okoroukwu said that his office had intensified on the sensitisation of all communities in the territory to educate the citizenry on meningitis.
“So far, we have no confirmed case of meningitis in FCT, but we are doing everything possible to be on the alert to forestall the spread.
Our Health Promotion and Education team has also been going to places to sensitise residents,” he said.
The director urged residents of the territory to avoid crowded places and ensure ventilation in their homes and offices, especially during this hot season.