NAF steps up yellow fever awareness campaign in Owerri

Martha Obi, Abuja

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has stepped up its campaign on Yellow Fever awareness by holding a sensitisation lecture on the ailment at the 211 Quick Response Group (QRG) in Owerri, Imo State.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola said that the awareness lecture was in furtherance of the quest for the NAF current leadership, headed by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, to ensure that the healthcare needs of the service personnel and its host communities are well catered for.
Daramola indicated that the event, which took place within the premises of the NAF Hospital in Owerri has witnessed a large turnout of community heads and members of not less than 4 communities surrounding the Unit, namely Umuotuke Umowa, Nekede, Agbala and Naze.
He noted that the lecture majorly addressed the causes and mode of transmission of the disease as well as the risk factors, clinical presentations, management and prevention.
The Commander 211 QRG, Group Captain Elisha Bindul, stated that due to the increasing spread of the disease in other parts of the country, it became necessary to enlighten personnel and their families as well as host communities on necessary preventive measures, which include vaccination as well as maintenance of high levels of hygiene and elimination of conditions amenable to the breeding of mosquitoes.
He noted that the awareness programme, which also featured the distribution of insecticide treated mosquito nets to over 300 participants, would facilitate the design of appropriate control strategies.