Lagos - Nigerian youths have been urged to emulate the example set a local colleague who has established an online initiative that the Federal Government has endorsed to prevent viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF) in the country.
The scheme, entitled for Online Training and Awareness Campaign (OTRAC) on VHF, is the invention of Farida Mohammed Kabir, a youth corps member serving with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Launching the website in Abuja, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Linus Awute, stated that the project would bring about value addition to the health sector as it provided a platform for public sensitization and mobilization for disease prevention and control.
Awute described the corps member’s effort as a great innovation which represented a milestone in the Ministry’s containment effort of not only Ebola but other viral diseases.
In his summation, the Permanent Secretary tasked Nigerian youths to assist government’s effort in bringing about positive change that will put Nigeria at par with other developed countries of the world.
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Chief Executive Officer and National Coordinator of NCDC, Professor Abdulsalami Nasidi, commended Kabir for her ingenuity to develop a software that had “shocked many” within her short time of service in the organization.
He added the software had been endorsed for use as NCDC’s tracking project.
The Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Johnson Olawumi, said that Kabir’s effort, which was in line with NYSC development initiative launched in 2014, was is highly commendable.
He appreciated the Federal Ministry of Health for its continuous support for the scheme and training of corps members in all the 36 states in the country.
Kabir, a graduate of Zoology from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, said she was motivated to embark on the project by the desire to disseminate information on VHF and similar diseases because of the scare and misery Ebola scourge brought on the country last year.
- CAJ News