Health practitioners across medical facilities in Kwara state have again gathered to broaden their knowledge on the deadly rotavirus. The medical personnel were educated further on ways to prevent rotavirus, achieve early detection and treat it in order to reduce its mortality rate.
At the symposium held in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, medical experts said the seminar on rotavirus became imperative being the commonest cause of diarrhea diseases and responsible for death of children under five years of age.
Medical experts spoke on rotavirus infection and its epidemiology, laboratory diagnosis, management of diarrhea diseases, clinical management and prevention of rotavirus infection, surveillance and importance of quality data in surveillance among others. Some of the speakers include Professor Aishat Gobir, Dr Abayomi Fadeyi, Dr Aishat Saka and Dr S.A Aderibigbe.
The Site Coordinator, Rotavirus Surveillance in Kwara State, Dr Mohammed Abdulkadir, said the seminar was organised by the rotavirus surveillance committee, of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospita, UITH in conjunction with the teaching hospital, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, and the World Health Organisation.
Abdulkadir, a pediatrician called on bodies organizing similar programmes to collaborate with the UITH.
Participants who spoke with RoyalFM called for regular organisation of such programmes to keep practitioners updated and enhance public health.
While Dr Ibrahim Usman, said the involvement of WHO has helped to expose them to international best practices, Hajia Ayila Rafiat, a disease surveillance and notification officer with the Ilorin East local government said it will help in prompt response and data gathering.