FG Raises Awareness on Stephen Johnson Syndrome


Paul Obi in Abuja

The federal government has cautioned Nigerians to be conscious of the Stephen Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a syndrome associated with severe reaction, followed by what experts termed ‘toxic epidermal necrolysis’.

Speaking at an awareness campaign and 17-day marathon by Fadeshola Adedayo from Abuja to Lagos, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole said there was need for Nigerians to be conversant with dangers linked to the disease.

Adewole assured citizens that government would do all it can to create more awareness on the disease through public awareness and educate Nigerians on the syndrome.

The minister said: “We have to find a means to communicate with Nigerians, so they should all be aware of this dangerous disease and it is the sole business of government to enlighten the society by trying to increase their awareness, knowledge and to improve their quality way of life. A Consultant, Dr. Olanrewaju Falodun, who gave insight on the disease, urged Nigerians to learn more about the preventable measures in order to curb any outbreak.

Meanwhile, contrary to speculations about an outbreak of SJS, Director of Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Boade Akinola said there was no outbreak of the syndrome, stating that only a case was recorded and nothing of such has resurfaced again.