Lassa Fever Ogun lawmaker urges FG to take awareness to villages

He said that people living in rural areas were more prone to the disease because of their environments.

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The Chairman, Ogun House of Assembly Committee on Health, Mr Akinpelu Aina, has urged the federal and state governments to take awareness campaign against Lassa fever to rural areas.

Aina, representing Ado Odo Ota I constituency, made the call in Abeokuta on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The lawmaker said this had become necessary following the increasing number of casualties of the disease.

He said that people living in rural areas were more prone to the disease because of their environments.

Aina urged the Federal Government to pay more attention to the health of the citizens.

He, however, commended the Minister of Health, Dr Isaac Adewolu, on steps taken so far to prevent the spread of the disease.

"Ogun State Government has also taken a bold step by setting up three isolation centres in its bid to contain any case of an outbreak of the dreaded Lassa fever.

"The Ogun Ministry of Health has also fortified the Local Government Area Surveillance System to checkmate the disease through public health education," he said.

He urged the Federal Ministry of Health to collaborate with the education ministry by constituting a committee that would engage schools on sensitisation campaigns.

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