Members of JCI Ibadan held a public health sensitization walk on Saturday, January 30, 2016. The walk, which was put together as part of efforts of the chapter to honour her commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as the JCI Nigeria National Campaign to #KickLassaFeverOut, was from Agodi to one of the biggest food markets in South West, Nigeria, Oje Market, Ibadan.
According to the Team Lead, the choice of the venue for the exercise was based on the fact that one of the most common modes of transmission of the Lassa Fever is through direct contact with food items contaminated by faeces or urine of a class of rats, enlightening the people who store and sell food would thus go a long way in spreading the message.
Prior to the walk, the team were on Space FM 90.1, Ibadan to publicize the awareness programme. The walk is believed to have an estimated reach of 5000 people (directly & indirectly) from Agodi, Ali Ilu and Oje market.
The traders were taken through the causes, signs, symptoms, prevention, and treatment of Lassa fever.
Present during the walk were the Babaloja of Oje Market, the National Vice President Feyisayo Oyeleke, President and Members of JCIN UNIBADAN and The Polythecnic, Ibadan, JC Tiamiyu Ibraheem of JCI Eko as well as Past Presidents of JCI Ibadan Iyiola Folayan & George Berkhout.
In addition to the sensitization on the disease, the team proceeded to donate rat killers to the market people to reduce exposure to the rodents.