Lassa fever: Kwara House Urges Govt To Step Up Campaign

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By Steve Oni, Ilorin

Following the outbreak of Lassa Fever in some states of the federation resulting in loss of lives, the Kwara State House of Assembly has called on the state government to extend its campaign against the deadly scourge to the 16 Local Government areas, traditional rulers, places of Worship and markets in order to prevent the spread of the disease to the state.

The call was sequel to a Matter of General Public Importance raised by the House Leader, Hon. Hassan Oyeleke on the scourge of Lassa fever in Nigeria.

The Deputy Speaker, Elder Mathew Okedare, who presided over the sitting, while reading the resolutions of the house, said the advocacy became expedient in view of the urgent need to halt the spread of the deadly disease to the state.

The Legislature equally enjoined the state government to always make drugs available to its citizens through adequately trained health personnel in order to curb the spread of Lassa fever to the state.

It also called on the State Ministry of Environment to always ensure prompt evacuation of refuse from the dump sites, pointing out that keeping the household clean would go a long way in keeping Lassa fever away from the state.

The House Leader had, while raising the Matter of General Public Importance, disclosed that the disease had been on rampage and urged government to look inward in curbing its spread to the state.

Other members who contributed on the Matter expressed displeasure that the deadly disease was not receiving deserved attention, and advocated the need to put adequate measures in place, to tackle the disease in the state.

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