Abuja - The Federal Government has approved the employment of 490 Environmental Health Officers (EHO) to man border areas to prevent further spread of Ebola disease.
The Minister of Environment, Laurentia Mallam, made this known at the inauguration of the Governing Board of Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) in Abuja on Monday.
Mallam said that the action was part of the Federal Government's efforts to boost staff strength to check further spread of the deadly disease.
She said that President Goodluck Jonathan had mandated the ministry to employ professionals to man border areas as well as ports, to ensure that those environments were kept clean.
She, however, acknowledged the fact that the number to be recruited was inadequate, adding that more would be recruited in due course with the approval of the President.
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"The recruitment of additional 490 environmental health officers for this purpose is not even enough because Nigeria is very big and this number cannot reach out to all states," she said.
Mallam said that the ministry was ready to work with the council to ensure the early return of EHO, with the aim of attaining the level of effectiveness witnessed in the past.
She stressed the need to key into the initiative by states and local councils for the prevention of diseases.
The minister urged the council to report all cases of breach of the code of ethics of the profession by some erring members for discipline.