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Meningitis: Stop kissing, handshaking -Ondo govt warns residents

*We shall maintain surveillance, active search to make the state safe for all

Ondo state government has advised residents of the state to avoid over crowding, ensure proper ventilation, increase hand washing, maintain proper hygiene, avoid shaking hands, unnecessary petting, kissing, ensure good coughing and sneezing behaviour among others to prevent the spread of cerebrospinal meningitis.

The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health, Dr Oni Taiye according to a statement signed by Abooluwa Famakinwa, the Press Officer of the Ministry of Health, said 2,528 cases and 328 deaths have been reported across 16 States of the federation, said the state emergency, preparedness and response team has swung into action to forestall its outbreak in the state.

While speaking with the emergency team the permanent secretary said the fact that some neighbouring states in the south west are expressing the outbreak calls for serious caution and pro activeness.

He highlighted some of the proactive measures taken to include sensitisation of health workers at all levels to the new case and an aggressive sensitisation of the public on symptoms and steps to take to nip the menace in the bud.

The health permanent secretary enjoined the public to report to the hospital immediately they experience symptoms such as fever, headache, respiratory track infection, sneezing, pain in the neck and back which could lead to stiffness of the neck among others.

To forestall its outbreak, the health permanent secretary admonished residents to avoid over crowding, ensure proper ventilation, increase hand washing, maintain proper hygiene, avoid shaking hands, unnecessary petting, kissing, ensure good coughing and sneezing behaviour among others.

He also said allayed the fears of the people of the state that the state will not experience an outbreak as its was known for curbing outbreaks without wasting time since its health facilities are well equipped.

Following reports of death in some states due to laser fever, Dr Oni Taiye said the state have been able to nip the lassa fever epidemic in the bud as there is no report of fresh cases in the last four weeks

He further pledged the commitment of the State Government not to rest on its oars despite great feats that have been achieved but increase surveillance and active search to make the state safe for all.

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