By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia
The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated integrated diseases surveillance response collection tools to the Nasarawa State Government.
WHO Coordinator Idong Ebong, who handed over the tools to the Commissioner of Health, Daniel Iya, Wednesday, in Lafia, said, this was to support the state government in the collection and collation of data on diseases in order to have a balanced and detailed knowledge on them.
“The surveillance officers need to work with time with these tools. As soon as they have done their part, they need to get the data to the ministry on time for analysis and planning purposes. We also appeal to them to make good use of the tools,” Ebong said.
Iya thanked the WHO, saying that efficient utilization of the tools would give the state the opportunity of early response to an outbreak of diseases.
“It is a very important occasion because it helps us as a state on decision making on health issues. We need to document every disease occurrence in the state and we can only have the information we need if our surveillance officers are well equipped and doing their work.” he said.