By Ikenyim Eucharia

Rapid Response Team from Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Abuja has appealed to Ebonyi State Government to empower the state ministry of Environment to carry out sanitation campaign in the state in order to curb some environmental hazards that can cause infection.

The Team leader, Dr Adunola Oyegoke made the appeal on Monday when she led her team to a courtesy call on the Commissioner for Environment, Chief Emma Uguru at his office in Abakaliki .

Oyegoke established the fact that environment has always been the major factor that causes Lassa Fever, adding that if sanitation can be properly taken care of, the problem of Lassa fever would be controlled as they were in the state purely on Advocacy visit.

According to her, the Center sent them to come and support the state in response to the Lassa Fever outbreak, she however solicited for the management of the ministry to continue to support ministries of Health and Agric by using one health approach to war against Lassa fever in the state.

“Environment has always been a factor that really plays a vital role in infection on people with Lassa fever. Sanitation is always the problem . If sanitation can be properly taking care of , the issue would be solved.

“We will be glad if you will help us to arrange for sanitation campaign. if you people can tell the Governor so that state can empower the ministry to be able to carry out such campaign because it requires a lot of money”, she said.

The Commissioner for Environment, Chief Emma Uguru in his response, stated that environmental cleanliness is everybody’s business, he assured that the ministry through the help of the state government would do everything necessary to ensure the success of its Lassa Fever eradication programme as well as other environmental health related cases.

He requested for a handmade template as a guide for the ministry to add to what they already have, adding that it will enable them to swing into action immediately.

He promised to engage the the local government chairmen to participate in the task to eliminate Lassa fever completely in Ebonyi State.

“If you have a template of those things needed to add to what we already have in the ministry, that will be fine.

” A template to approach the Governor who definitely wouldn’t say no but would oblige for our radio and television broadcasting station to be used. We can get the whole place saturated by communicating with the public using our local dialect and local system (Town crier) “.

“We will extend it to the local government chairmen who I also know you will interface with. It is a war everybody should be part of and not just something that will end on the table”,he added.

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