IMG_2380In an effort to eliminate Lassa Fever Epidemic in Nigeria, the Federal Government has inaugurated  Multi-sectorial Committee on Lassa Fever Eradication with a view to provide  measures that would lead to final eradication of the epidemic in the Country.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac  Adewole, inaugurated the committee on Tuesday 19th January, 2016 in Abuja during Emergency National Council of Health on the Lassa Fever Outbreak in Nigeria.
The Minister also announced   designation of six additional diagnostic Centres for Lassa Fever which now bring to total of 12 diagnostic Centres in the Country. The first six centres were University Teaching Hospital Maiduguri, Borno State;  Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano State;  Irua Specialist Hospital, Edo State; University Teaching Hospital Ibadan Oyo State; Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos; and the Nigeria Council for Diseases Control (NCDC0 laboratory FCT.
While the additional six diagnostic centres according to the Hon. Minister are to be situated at the highly  infected states of Bauchi, Niger, Taraba, Plateau, Nasarawa and Ondo.
Inaugurating the Committee, the Minister said that “The Federal Government of Nigeria was  convinced that not only is it possible to contain, stop and provide adequate care to all people infected with current outbreak of Lassa Fever, it is also possible to eradicate the disease from Nigeria.”
Prof. Adewole said that the 19 man Committee, chaired by Prof. Oyewale Tomori, President Nigeria Academy of Science has experienced professionals capable of delivering the desired result.
The Terms of Reference of the Committee included, to appraise the current epidemiological situation of the past and current Lassa Fever Epidemics in Nigeria, Developing jointly with Federal Ministry of Health and Centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) an effective response plan for fighting and
 
 
preventing the spread of Lassa Fever in Nigeria, avail professional advise to NCDC and FMOH  to arrest current and future Lassa Fever outbreak.
Others were galvanizing financial  support and good will from other stakeholders and development partners, to implement the Strategic Plan under the guidance of the Honourable Minister of Health and to advise the Hon Minister of Health on the Emergency operation and activities and activities carried out in the infected states.                   
In his response the Chairman of the committee Prof. Oyewale Tomori, assured the Hon Minister that they would do all that is possible to ensure that they eradicate Lassa Fever in the Country. He said Nigeria had dealt with Ebola so he was very optimistic that with the calibre of people in the Committee they would work hard to see the end of Lassa Fever in Nigeria.
The members of the Lassa Fever Eradication Committee are:
 
 

S/N

 

 

Name

 

 

Organisation

 

 

Designation

 

 

1

 

 

Prof. Oyewale Tomori

 

 

Redeemers University

 

 

Chairman

 

 

2

 

 

Prof. A. Nasidi

 

 

NCDC

 

 

Secretary/Member

 

 

3

 

 

Prof. Sunday Omilabu

 

 

CMUL

 

 

Member

 

 

4

 

 

Prof. George Akpede

 

 

 

 

 

Member

 

 

5

 

 

Prof. Clara Ejembi

 

 

ABUTH

 

 

Member

 

 

6

 

 

Prof. Zubairu Ilyasu

 

 

 

 

 

Member

 

 

7

 

 

Dr. Pelumi Adebiyi

 

 

UCH

 

 

Member

 

 

8

 

 

Prof. Christopher Obionu

 

 

UNTH

 

 

Member

 

 

9

 

 

Prof. Innocent Ujah

 

 

NIMR

 

 

Member

 

 

10

 

 

Prof. Dennis Agboulahoe

 

 

 

 

 

Member

 

 

11

 

 

Dr. (Mrs) Egejuru Eze

 

 

Federal Ministry of Agriculture

 

 

Member

 

 

12

 

 

Representative, Federal Ministry of Environment

 

 

Federal Ministry of Environment

 

 

Member

 

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Daniel Iya

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissioner for Health Nasarawa State

 

 

 

 

Member

 

 

14

 

 

Mrs Gold Idehen R.I

 

 

Federal Ministry of Education

 

 

Member

 

 

15

 

 

Emmanuel Agbegir

 

 

Federal Ministry of Information and Culture

 

 

Member

 

 

16

 

 

Director, Public Health (Rep. by Dr. E. Ngige)

 

 

Federal Ministry of Health

 

 

Member

 

 

17

 

 

Abonyi Dominic

 

 

Environmental Health Officer Registration Council

 

 

Member

 

 

18

 

 

Dr. Sunny Asogun

 

 

Head Lassa Fever Research, Irua Specialist Hospital

 

 

Member

 

 

19

 

 

Mr. Akin Fadeyi

 

 

Media Consultant

 

 

Member

 

  1.  
                                                                                           
 
Boade Akinola (Mrs)
Director Press, FMoH

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