As part of efforts to sensitize Nigerians on the increasing incidence of Lassa Fever in the country, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on the citizenry to cultivate healthy attitude to our environment to avoid the disease and build a healthy society.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Garba Abari who noted that every citizen is a stakeholder in building a healthy society in the face of contagious and infectious diseases like lassa fever said Nigerians should be alert in keeping their environment safe and clean.
Abari, represented by the Director, Public Enlightenment and Mass Mobilization, Mrs. Ruth Ogun made the call at Garki Health Centre, Abuja, calling on every Nigerian to imbibe environmental cleanliness and right attitude to food storage and personal hygiene. He said open defecation and other poor sanitary conditions can be prevented by individuals imbibing positive attitudes and promoting good hygiene around their environment.
Abari observed the recent rise in the spread of lassa fever to 16 states across the country, adding that, as the Agency responsible for communicating government policies and programmes, NOA has the mandate to sensitize Nigerians on values that promote healthy and peaceful coexistence among citizens.
The Director General also urged citizens to be security conscious and endeavor to report strange persons and unattended objects to security Agents and also be their brother’s keeper at all times, irrespective of religious, ethnic and political affiliations.
As part of the sensitization campaign, the Agency handed over Information, Educational and Communication (IEC) materials to officials of the health centre. The sensitization will take the Agency to all the government health centers in Maitama and Wuse Districts of Abuja.