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A United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Consultant and Public Health Expert, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju, has admonished government at all levels to intensify epidemic outbreak control at the grassroots level.

Adeyanju, who has been leading a health campaign for “Boys Scout Spirit” in the nation, said proactive and preventive measures would safeguard the health of the people from epidemic outbreaks.

He said this while speaking with The Guardian in Akure yesterday, lamenting that one would have expected that the seasonal Lassa fever and Ebola experience should have enabled us to prepare adequately for emergency outbreaks.

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Also lamenting that the nation had again recorded its first Coronavirus case, he commended the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for creating awareness for early case detection.

According to him, actualising effective healthcare delivery requires the ‘Boy Scout Spirit,’ which entails that every healthcare practitioner and the facility must be prepared for any health eventualities.”

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In spite of the success of the sensitisation campaign, he expressed concern over case management, which he said, might reverse whatever result has been achieved through sensitisation.

“A case detected in Ogun and rushed to Yaba infectious diseases hospital is worrisome. Each state must be encouraged to have its own infectious disease hospital.

“Our focus was on Chinese guy with cough and fever but turned out to be an Italian. What if he is black, he probably might have escaped and that will lead to more contact and spread.”

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