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Bisi Lawani
July 08, 2024

The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated IPC materials to Ondo State Ministry of Health as part of the efforts to help in the preparedness against Cholera outbreak.
Speaking during the donation, Ondo State Coordinator for the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Dele David noted that their organization has always been at the forefront of preventing outbreaks and death in communities and among healthcare workers which necessitated the donation of the Infection and Prevention and Control (IPC) materials to the State to keep the healthcare workers and the communities safe.

The State Coordinator said further that the WHO has always been sustaining the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) during and after Epidemic for proper planning and informed decisions.
He also explained that the WHO has also been supporting pillars to develop action plans in case of any outbreak and has integrated with communities in the State to create awareness on diseases through communities and media engagement.
Dr. David promised that the WHO would continue to support States in the country to ensure highest sustainable level of health for all people living in the country through collaboration with the government and other partners working in the health sector.
Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Banji Awolowo while receiving the IPC materials emphasized that Ondo State had recorded two cases of Cholera in March this year and the State was able to curtail the outbreak in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the State as a result of its preparedness to combat the disease.
He averred that the State was ready to combat any case of Cholera as the State has activated its surveillance in the 203 wards and the 18 Local Government Areas in the State as the Disease Surveillance Notification Officers are desperately searching and testing for cases of vomiting and diarrhea.
The Commissioner lauded the commitment of the Governor of the State, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa for providing Emergency Preparedness Fund to tackle scourge of Cholera in the State within the shortest period Cholera outbreak in the country.

Speaking on the donation of the World Health Organization (WHO), Ajaka appreciated the organization for their support for Ondo State emphasizing their activities during the Owo Massacre where the World Health Organization Representative, Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo relocated to Ondo State and provided drug and health commodities and equipment to the State for the victims of the massacre.

The Commissioner said the donated material would help to fight the scourge of Cholera and other epidemic proned diseases such as Lassa and it would protect the health workers in the State.

The State Logistician, Pharm. Courage Oyeto confirmed that the State has received 15 cartons of Apron (PEP Gowns), 15 cartons of face shield, 46 cartons of Medline(Isolation Gowns), 25 cartons of examination large gloves, and 52 cartons of medical face mask.
Pharm Oyeto opined that the donated materials would boost the preparedness of the State towards the fight against Cholera and other infectious diseases and also prevent the spread of the disease.