In furtherance of its commitment to interagency collaboration to delivering as One UN, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos has collaborated with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to sensitise students on the prevention and early signs of Polio and Measles infections.Addressing the students, drawn from five Secondary Schools in Lagos and Ogun States, South-West Nigeria, at the UNIC Lagos office, the WHO Head of Office in Lagos, Dr. Mejebi Phillips, informed that child immunization was the only prevention for Polio and Measles, the two key childhood diseases that the United Nations (UN) is helping the world to eradicate.
She called on the participants to be vigilant and report at the nearest health facility, any case of a child under 15 years who suffered a sudden weakness in the limbs. ‘Similarly, all cases of fever and rash illness of any age should be equally reported at the nearest health facility,’ she added.‘Polio,’ according to Dr. Phillips, ‘makes the children crippled and can affect so many of them within a short time.’ ‘Measles,’ she enlightened, ‘manifests as fever and rash together and can affect any person of any age.’ However, ‘children could die of Measles complications like Diarrhoea, Pneumonia and infection of the brain,’ Dr. Phillips added.
She urged the students to carry the message to their friends and parents to avoid the spread of the diseases.
Earlier, the Officer-in-Charge of UNIC Lagos, Envera Selimovic and the National Information Officer, Oluseyi Soremekun had informed the students about the activities of UNIC and the United Nations system in Nigeria.