The Oyo State Government has kickstarted a sensitization campaign against five priority diseases namely; Lassa Fever, COVID-19, Diphtheria, Cholera and Anthrax.
The state government flagged off the community sensitisation programme, which is to take place in various communities across the state, in Okeho, headquarters of Kajola Local Government, at the weekend.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Oluwaserimi Ajetunmobi, while speaking at the event, stated that the programme will take place in 10 local government areas of Oke Ogun and in markets in Ibadan, the state capital.
Dr Ajetunmobi, who stressed that the five priority diseases were preventable once people live in a clean environment, said a clean source of water, healthy eating habits, adherence to a balanced diet and a good disposal system were key to preventing some of the diseases.
She equally declared that vaccination and regular medical check-ups are beneficial for health and wellbeing, saying that the recurrence of some diseases was because people do not complete the vaccine as prescribed.
The commissioner assured that the Governor Makinde administration remained committed to equipping and fixing more Primary Health Care Centres to ensure that residents in nooks and crannies of the state have quick access to health care.
Dr Ajetunmobi added that as part of the government’s commitment to improving access to free health care services for children, pregnant women and mothers, the state government will start the maternal and child health week for vaccination and other services next Monday.
Also speaking, the State Coordinator, World Health Organisation (WHO), Dzorto Philips, stressed the need for people to wash their hands before and after eating, keep their surroundings clean and take immunisation seriously.
Similarly, the Director/Secretary, Kajola Local Government Health Authority, Okeho, Mr Abayomi Kolawole, recalled that Kajola Local Government had records of Lassa fever last year, noting that the sensitisation would prevent a recurrence of the priority diseases in the local government area this year.
Kolawole stressed the importance of health education on personal hygiene and environmental sanitation.
He also appealed to residents of the council to embrace immunisation as a preventive measure against childhood killer diseases such as diphtheria, tuberculosis, measles, and meningitis.
The event had representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Breakthrough Action Nigeria, APIN Public Health Initiative, local government areas and the traditional institution.