Ebola: Physi­cians raise sur­veil­lance team in Kwara

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic Health Physi­cians of Nigeria, Kwara State, yes­ter­day con­sti­tuted a spe­cial sur­veil­lance team to de­tect emerg­ing health chal­lenges in­clud­ing the Ebola virus.

The team would also alert the pub­lic on var­i­ous dis­eases caused by in­sect bites in­clud­ing the Ebola virus, Lassa fever, River blind­ness malaria, yel­low fever,(On­chocer­ci­a­sis), sleep­ing sick­ness (try­panoso­mi­a­sis), Dengue fever among oth­ers.

Chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Dr. Adekunle Salaudeen, dis­closed this while brief­ing news­men on the ac­tiv­i­ties lined up to mark the 2014 World Health Day in Ilorin.

He said the team com­prises over 50 mem­bers spread across the 16 lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas of the state.

He noted that though there has not been any con­fir­ma­tion of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, the as­so­ci­a­tion is sen­si­tiz­ing the pub­lic on the risk of all vec­tor borne dis­eases and new emerg­ing health prob­lems.

Salaudeen said the team was col­lab­o­rat­ing with the state min­istry of health to achieve re­sults.

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