The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu has reassured residents of the territory that the dreaded COVID-19, popularly known as Coronavirus has no place in the nation’s capital.
Dr Aliyu says the administration is committed to all activities aimed at strengthening the awareness and prevention of Lassa fever as well as Coronavirus in FCT.
She gave this assurance at the flag-off of the NYSC FCT awareness and sensitsation campaign on Lassa fever and Coronavirus diseases and outbreaks in the Federal Capital Territory.
The Minister assured the people that this administration surveillance informants within the communities and health facilities sites have been strengthened with sensitisation of health personnel across all levels of healthcare services provision.
Dr Aliyu used the occasion to urge corps members who represent critical segment of the society to use their numerical strength to intensify information, education and communication activities on these diseases and their associated outbreaks.
“I want to reassure you that the FCT has no case of Coronavirus disease while Lassa fever contacts have been tracked and placed on observation. The Administration is committed to all activities aimed at strengthening the awareness and prevention of Lassa fever and Coronavirus diseases and outbreaks in FCT,” she stated.
Dr Aliyu further said that working with partners, particularly National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and UN Agencies led by WHO, the administration has deepened the preparedness of the outbreak response center, provide personal protective equipment to health personnel and conduct dry run for emergency response and case handling on site in health facilities across the territory.
She, however, called on residents to promote good environment, personal hygiene and discourage rodents from entering homes and having access to food stuff, stressing that the key preventive measures for Lassa fever and Coronavirus infections is neighbour to neighbour information and sensitisation visits to communities.
The NYSC North Central Area Coordinator, Malam Abdullahi Baba, called on corps members to intensify the awareness campaign against the possible outbreak of lassa fever and Coronavirus not only in the FCT, but throughout the north central and the nation at large.
Thanking the FCT Administration for flagging off the awareness campaign, he expressed optimism that with the involvement of corps members, the message would be spread to all the nooks and crannies of the territory.