JCI FESTAC organized a Lassa fever sensitization exercise for the market traders in Agboju Market, Amuwo Odofin on 23rd January 2015 in line with Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (To promote good health and well-being in our community.
The sensitization was to arm the market traders and passer-by with necessary information to combat the deadly disease Lassa fever to support the Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos State Government, and Amuwo Odofin Local Government in promoting the advocacy of cleanliness and community as important tools in preventing the disease. The exercise also served to enlighten them on the need to visit the local health centre if they are feverish or if any of their family member is.
In partnership with the Local health centre, majority of the market traders in Agboju and also passer-by who were curious to listen were reached and the information on the preventive measures to be taken in order to kick out the deadly disease from our community spread to them. #
In addition to the sensitization exercise, there is also an ongoing #KickLassaFeverOut on all JCI FESTAC’s social media platforms (Facebook - jcifestac, Twitter - @jcifestac).
Lassa fever is a zoonotic disease in which humans become infected from contact with infected animals, mainly rats. Like Ebola, Lassa is deadly, and is estimated to kill 5,000 people in West Africa, every year. Prevention of Lassa fever is possible through promoting good community hygiene to bar rats from entering homes.