Plateau State Government has said it has put up structures across the Seventeen local government areas to curtail the spread of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases in the State.
The State Epidemiologist, Mrs. Martina Nuwan made this known during a training session organized by Breakthrough Action Nigeria in collaboration with the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) for members of the Media Action for Health, Environment and Sustainable Development (MAHESD) and other media practitioners in Jos.
She said the training on Infodemic Management aimed at building capacity of the media stakeholders on Infodemic Management is apt and appreciated the partnership of Breakthrough Action Nigeria in improving the public health status on the Plateau among other key stakeholders.
Mrs. Nuwan made it clear that the Public Health Department of the State Ministry of Health is saddle with the responsibility of overseeing any issue of public health, both locally, nationally or of international concern as the epidemiological unit has people on surveillance that are constantly watching and following the history of people coming to hospital from state down to local government areas.
“Because at the LGA we have Surveillance and Notification Officers while in Communities we have Surveillance Focal Persons as well as Community Informant who usually report any strange disease from their communities to the local government and the local government will report to state and the state to the national.
“So these structures that are on ground are mainly to ensure that infectious diseases that are capable of spreading are trapped early to curtail their spread” she added.
The state Epidemiologist, called on members of MAHESD and other stakeholders to assist the government in enlightening the public by giving them the correct information that will help them understand government effort as some people are still resisting vaccine for infectious diseases.
Earlier in her welcome address, the State Coordinator of Breakthrough Action Nigeria, Catherine Igoh said the organization in partnership with the NCDC is training the journalists to equip them with Infodemic information and how to manage it as the society always look on them.
Other staff of Breakthrough Action Nigeria and NCDC were the resource persons at the one day training.
The Journalists appreciated the two organizations for equipping them with vital knowledge on public health issues and how to educate the general public who always rely and trust them for correct information.