Abuja - The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) has called on federal and state governments to involve civil society and non-governmental organisations in the management of the Ebola virus.
A statement from TIEMS Nigeria/West Africa Chapter Chairman, Mohammed Audu-Bida, noted that involvement of these organisations was especially important to ensure that the N1.9 billion recently released by President Goodluck Jonathan to combat the disease was judiciously and transparently utilised.
The money is to further strengthen on-going steps to contain the Ebola virus such as the establishment of additional isolation centres, case management, contact tracing, deployment of additional personnel, screening at borders and the procurement of required items and facilities.
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According to Audu-Bida, who is a search and rescue expert, volunteers needed to be trained to handle contagious patients and adequate equipments have to be procured.
He mentioned some of the needed equipment that must be urgently procured to include protective clothing, erection of reception points while massive public enlightenment must also be embarked upon.
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He reiterated the observation by Centre for Disease Control (CDC) that standard treatment for Ebola was still limited to supportive therapy.
According to him, enough isolation points should be created in strategic places across the country so that anyone showing symptoms of the disease could be quarantined and observed away from other citizens.
- CAJ News