The Ekiti State Government has trained environmental health officers across the state on the control of infectious diseases as part of measures to enhance healthy living and sensitization, particularly in the rural areas.
The Chairman, Ekiti State Local Government Service Commission, Mr Adewumi Abejide, said the training, which had in attendance environmental health officers from the 16 council areas of the state, was to update their knowledge on Lassa fever and coronavirus outbreak.
He charged sanitation officers to embark on a house-to-house campaign, education and orientation their Local Government Areas to curb the spread of the diseases.
“It is believed that this measure will prevent our people from deadly diseases. The need to provide quality health care and sound environmental health services at the grassroots cannot be compromised.
“Therefore, all hands must be on deck to ensure that the health standards of people living in our towns and villages are given utmost attention. More importantly, concerted efforts must be made by all primary health care workers either in the preventive or in the curative health services,” Abejide said.
The Permanent Secretary, EKLGSC, Mr Yemi Owoseni, said the commission, decided to assist the state government to prevent the spread of the Lassa Fever and Coronavirus by sensitizing the people in the grassroots to hygienic living.
“As environmental health officers in the local government service, this is time to aptly display professionalism, competence, dutifulness, diligence, loyalty and patriotism in the line of duty.”