The Director-General, Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu, has called for the reintroduction of sanitary inspectors in schools to curb the spread of preventable diseases.
Okechukwu made the call when the National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Iheakweazu, paid him a visit on Friday in Abuja.
He said that sanitary inspection used to be part of the school system and that many of the communicable disease currently affecting children were low.
“There was a time when sanitation officers employed by government, omes around schools to conduct inspections and ensure that schools were clean,” he said.
He challenged the NCDC to expand its scope of disease prevention to include the introduction of sanitary inspections which would ensure that potential areas of contaminations would be identified before they become threats to public health.
The director-general also said that regular sensitisation of Nigerians would go a long way in preventing most disease outbreaks.
Iheakweazu had earlier said that he was in Voice of Nigeria to seek collaboration in enlightening the public on disease prevention and control.
He said partnership between the NCDC and Nigerian media, which is a veritable tool in promoting public health, would ensure greater health for Nigerians.
He said that the responsibility of the NCDC is to prevent Nigerians from being affected and to have the ability to detect outbreaks and respond, so that the impact on the population is limited.
He said the agency was working on improving media collaborations on educating Nigerians on the activities of the NCDC.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that both agencies agreed to expand existing partnership to inform, educate and promote good hygiene in Nigeria to curb the spread of diseases.