The Ondo State Government has commended the Niger Delta Development
Commission, NDDC, for its support towards the control of the Lassa fever
outbreak that hit several communities in the state earlier in the year.

The government expressed its “profound appreciation” through a letter
signed by the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, and
addressed to the NDDC Acting Managing Director, Dr. Akwagaga Lelegima

According to the Commissioner, the country had been experiencing a serious
outbreak of Lassa fever which affected several states, including Ondo

The Commissioner noted: “This year’s outbreak has been unprecedented in
severity and it had claimed many lives.

“It will be recalled that as part of concerted efforts made to put the
outbreak under control, the State Government reached out to several
organizations within and outside the country. It is heart-warming that your
organization responded promptly to our call by your organization’s launch
of “Operation Lockout Lassa”, an initiative which comprises of public
enlightenment at grassroots across the whole State as well as provision of
three ambulances and other commodities to the State.”

The Ondo State Government commiserated with the NDDC on the death of one of
the drivers detailed to deliver ambulances and medical supplies to the
state. “Our condolences go to the affected families and our wishes with
your organization,” the government said.

Dr Adegbenro said that the government was looking forward to a continued
partnership with the NDDC in the collective effort to keep the people of
Niger Delta safe and healthy.

The NDDC had in June donated three ambulances, Lassa fever protective kits
and drugs to support the Ondo Government in its efforts to check the menace
of Lassa fever in the state.

Charles Obi Odili

Director, Corporate Affairs.

September 25, 2019.

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