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By:AISHA SAAD

Stakeholders in Adamawa state have been sensitised on prevention of cholera and other preventable diseases like; measles, meningitis, yellow fever etc.


The sensitization meeting was organised by AREWA GENDER VISION HOUSE in collaboration with world Health Organization, on Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019  at Eagles path Hotel, Jimeta, Yola.


In an opening remarks by Pharmacist Iyoboso Igbinovia,  from World Health Organization stated that the world Health Organisation have partner with government to enable people access health interventions against preventable diseases like; Cholera, measles, meningitis, Hepatitis B etc. To eradicate the killer diseases.


Pharmacist Iyoboso, reiterated that the vaccines are  available and free of charge in all health facilities across the state.


He called on participants to disseminate the messages they will learn to  their various organisations to avoid the spread of the killer disease.
There was a presentation by Dr. Jerry Pantuvo, from World Health Organisation, on the topic: Detection, Reporting, Prevention and control cholera and other vaccine preventable diseases.


 In his presentation, he stated that” Cholera is a disease that is caused by a bacteria through intake of unclean water, eating unwashed fruits, vegetables ,living in an aquatic environment etc.


Dr. Pantuvo, further highlights some control measures of cholera such as : case management, lab support, health education, water and sanitation and vaccination.
Similarly,  the second presentation was made by Dr.  Muhammad A. Saidu, from World Health Organisation, on the topic: accessing  Immunisation activities. Causes and immunisation for disease like; Oral polio vaccine ( OPV). The presenter emphasised that the aforementioned vaccines are necessary for every child to receive at any health facility.  He challenged the participants to  encourage others and ensure that their children are vaccinated, also co-operate with health workers whenever they avail themselves for vaccination.
Consequently, there was discussion by other resource persons and participants. Barrister. Fatima  Abbo Jimeta, from AREWA GENDER HOUSE, in her remarks cautioned mothers to ensure safety of their Houses,  children and their surroundings. She also advocates for gender mainstreaming.
Finally, there was discussion session where both representatives of religious bodies and other organisations that attended the meeting in their separate remarks commended organisers of the programme for the timely intervention and promised to disseminate what they have learned to their various organisations.
Climax of the programme was questions and answers by participants and resource persons.
Those who graced the meeting are; representatives of: CAN, WOWICAN, FOMWAN, NAWOJ, MUSLIM COUNCIL etc.

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