Medical Expert urges Employers to Provide Working Environment to curb Coronavirus, Lassa Fever Spread

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Dr Lilian Uzomba, a medical expert on Thursday urged employers of labour to ensure a working environment that would prevent the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria.

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Uzomba, Consultant Private Physician and employee of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), made this known in Port Harcourt at a sensitisation organised by the Association of Heads of Federal Government Establishments.

She recalled that Nigeria recorded first case of coronavirus on Feb. 27 while the second case was also announced on March 9.

“We are aware of the trending virus in the country, the Coronavirus and Lassa fever.

“This meeting is a sensitisation workshop to educate civil servants who will in turn go out to educate their families and other people around them on what to do to prevent the spread of the virus.

“There should be sufficient water for hand wash, hand sanitiser for employees to prevent the spread of the virus,’’ she said.

Uzomba urged employees not to panic to avoid stigmatisation or spreading rumours about the disease but should rather ensure their personal hygiene to avoid its spread.

She stated that Federal and state governments had put in place measures to curb the spread at the Nigeria Seaports, land, airports and borders.

Mr Henry Owonaro, Chairman, Asssociation of Heads of Federal Government Establishment, Rivers Chapter, said the aim of the workshop was to educate civil servants and members of the public on the viruses.

Owonaro, who is the Director, Federal Character Commission in Rivers, said that the enlightenment was basically to advise people on what to do to prevent the spread of corona virus in the state.

He said the workshop on current Health issues in Nigeria was organised in collaboration with UPTH and Port Health Services

Mrs Agnes Abah, a staff of Nigerian Maritime Administrative and Safety Agency (NIMASA), who participated in the workshop, commended the organisers of the programme for the enlightenment programme.

Abah said that she would take the message to other staff in her office as well as members of her family and neighbours on what to do to avoid the pandemic.

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