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WHO Donates 33 Motorcycles to Oyo Government for Disease Surveillance

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has donated 33 motorcycles to the Oyo State Government to aid disease surveillance across all the local government areas of the state.

Speaking at the handover of the motorcycles to the officials of the Ministry of Health, WHO Coordinator in Oyo State, Dr. Ada Erinne said disease surveillance ‘is key to the control, elimination and eradication of diseases plaguing the society’.

She added that: “one of the main obstacles to active disease surveillance is the unavailability of the means of locomotion to reach the local communities to search and sensitise the population on priority diseases under surveillance.”

According to her, “In our joint effort to improve surveillance in general, the World Health Organisation with the support of our donors purchased motorcycles with helmet and reflective jacket for each motorcyle for each motorcycle for all local government areas in Nigeria. Gender was considered as both male and female motocycles were provided,” she said.

Dr. Erinne then reaffirmed the commitment of the World Health Organisation to the effort of the State Government to protecting and promoting the health of the people of Oyo State.

Receiving the motorcycles the Honourable Commissioner of Health, Dr. Azeez Popoola Adeduntan assured WHO that the motorcycles will be put to good use for surveillance of all diseases plaguing the communities, adding that the motorcycles will also be adequately maintained.