Monday, 6 November 2017

Monkey Pox Virus: See what Federal Ministry of Health and UNICEF gave to CRS



|Prince Charles|06 November, 2017




MONKEY POX VIRUS: CROSS RIVER STATE RECEIVES IEC MATERIALS FROM FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND UNICEF.

THE MATERIALS WILL GO ALONG WAY TO SENSITIZE PEOPLE  ABOUT THE DEADLY DISEASE... DR BETTA EDU.

As Cross River State battles with the spread of monkey pox virus, the fight received a major boast from Federal Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF by procuring thousands IEC materials for more than 1000 Primary Healthcare Centres across the State.

According to Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Betta Edu while receiving the materials said the information, Education and Communication banner, posters will go along way to sensitize the people especially the rural dwellers since the write up was simple.

She said IEC is one method used by Social Mobilization Unit of the Agency to reach out to the people for years now.

" What the people need is information and education about monkey pox and this information can only be communicated to them in a way they will understand it. So the posters afford them the pictorial understanding of the contact point and prevention measures said the DG.

She thanked UNICEF for their support while demanding for more measures to be introduced to curb any incidence of monkey pox  in the State.

Handing over the Materials to the DG, UNICEF Enugu Field officer, Dr Ifeanyinwa said eliminating monkey pox has been one of their major task at UNICEF and for that they had to support the FG on circulating these materials to 36 States plus FCT. We hope the materials will go a long way to sensitize the people on this deadly virus.

In the banner we have " MONKEY POX VIRUS, HOW CAN IT BE PREVENTED???

CONTACT with infected animals or humans that may be carriers of the virus should be avoided whether dead or alive.

MATERIALS such as beddings, clothes etc. that have been in contact with infected  persons or animals should be avoided.

INFECTED persons or animals should be isolated from others.

WASH your hands regularly with soap and water or use alcohol based sanitizer especially after contact with infected person or animals.

INFECTED persons or animals should be cared for using personal protective equipment (PPE) e.g gloves, protective clothing etc.

Materials have already being handed over to local government PHC team while sensitisation continues on radio (DG has been regular on HIT FM, FAD FM  and CRBC to push the news)

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