Fidelity bank card banner Camano banner
Edo Govt. warns against stigmatisation of Lassa fever survivours

By Jessica Onyegbula on 22/03/2019

Views: 329

• Edo State Epidemiologist and Director, Disease Control, Osamwonyi Irowa
• Edo State Epidemiologist and Director, Disease Control, Osamwonyi Irowa

The Edo State Government has threatened to prosecute individuals or organisations stigmatising Lassa fever survivors in the state.

Dr Osamwonyi Irowa, Director, Disease Control, Edo State, made the threat in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin City.

Irowa, also the state’s Epidemiologist, explained that the warning became necessary following series of complaints and reports which emanated from the field and some of the Lassa fever survivors.

“You cannot sack a worker because he or she has been treated of Lassa fever or tell the person that you cannot come back to this company; it is not possible under Gov. Godwin Obaseki.

“In fact, the authority of some of these organisations have called to deny stigmatising their workers who survived Lassa fever; at times when they do, they withdraw it and blame it on misinformation. And before you know it, the people are back to work.

“In this Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), we have the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Directorate of State Security (DSS), and at times we bring in the army. We also have civil society groups as part of us.

“The Ministry of Justice is with us subtly; they are not regularly with us but if we need it, it is a matter of sending a write-up there,” Irowa told NAN.

“No matter how big the organisation and you say you want to sack someone because he was treated of Lassa fever, we pull you to order because we detest stigmatisation. It is our duty in public health to save lives and as an epidemiologist, I find it interesting.

“I can easily put a call through and say my name is this, I am the state Epidemiologist, please I heard that this happened in your organisation, and we get positive results immediately; this method has always worked for us.”

The medical doctor noted that the law enforcement agents were not only called in when survivors’’ rights were violated, but that they also intervene when someone had refused treatment.

Irowa added: “What we normally do because of the network we have is that if we have obstacles and someone if refusing treatment, we call in the DSS because if you don’t want to be treated you are putting every other person in danger.

“We want to save the infected person but even if you are refusing to be saved, we must compel you. And we have noticed that immediately the law enforcement agents arrive, the person immediately volunteers for treatment by entering the ambulance.” (NAN)

Source News Express

Posted 22/03/2019 7:16:53 PM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Breaking News: SHAKE-UP IN THE ARMY •Burutai redeploys...

South Africa tightens supervision of appointments of bank...

Nigerian girls in danger in Italy

Falae flown abroad for treatment

Man who named pet dog Buhari rearrested; to...

Buhari orders immediate assistance to victims as flood...

Why we’re backing Lagos Count Down —Dangote •Donates...

NNPC, MOMAN seal deal to block fuel scarcity...

Ibadan: Abductors release Oba Balogun’s twins after receiving...

Ex-DSS chief identifies cause of Zamfara killings

Saraki, Kwara Govt. coercing traditional leaders to vote...

Niger Delta leaders withdraw 90-day ultimatum to FG...

 

Latest News Four policemen dead in bomb attack, six others wounded Why we got into trouble in 2019 elections — Nigerian Army Many feared dead as herdsmen attack Jalingo Disagreement stops inauguration of Edo Assembly Banditry: Zamfara Governor meets security experts in Dubai Group lambasts EFCC, Nigeria Prison Service over escape of convicted police pension thief LASTMA goes tough, begins N200,000 penalty regime Kwara Poly staff, students protest appointment of Rector, Registrar Your second term is for a purpose, Bishop tells Fayemi Guber election: Kogi East elders reject Wada, Idris; prune aspirants from 40 to six Ganduje orders probe of missing N6.8m allegedly swallowed by gorilla Lagos Police raid cultists’ hideouts; arrest 39, recover dangerous firearms

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (494,355 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (425,440 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (365,236 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (311,876 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (276,173 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (243,953 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (233,901 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (215,821 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (212,593 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (204,394 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (184,478 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (183,820 views)

 

NNPC Financial reports February 2019

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (93) Business & Economy (4,308) Business Verdict (73) Columnists (1,051) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (209) Entertainment (623) Features (761) Global Business Monitor (379) ICT Monitor (53) International (3,596) Interview (184) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (162) Maggie's Blog (302) News (47,430) Opinion (1,260) Pidgin (17) Politics (11,024) Religion (1,022) Sports (2,043) Stock Watch (39) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera