Abuja - The Minister of State for Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan, has urged health workers to intensify efforts at sensitising their patients on the dangers of Ebola and its preventive measures.
Alhassan gave the task at the opening ceremony of this year’s Physicians week organised by the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said the information should gear toward educating them on where and how to report suspected Ebola victims within their domain, among others.
Describing infection control as key at ensuring health standard, Alhassan called for the collaborative efforts of health workers in preventing further spread of the virus in the country.
"We need a healthy working force to protect Nigerians against Ebola scourge, we are not only fighting Ebola but other contagious diseases and we need to redouble our steps in the fight.
"We have made tremendous sacrifice thereby making the nation an Ebola-free country, but we must bear it in mind that the war is not yet over, we are just starting,’’ Alhassan charged.
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Prof. Michael Asuzu, Guest Speaker at the event, identified unity as one of the lessons learnt from the fight against EVD.
In his paper titled "War against Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria: Counting our successes and scaling up on it’’, said the unity exhibited should be reflected in the entire sphere of national development.
Asuzu said that division among ethnic groups within the country should be discouraged, adding that it hampers development.
He said that there was need for constant and thorough checking of passports of immigrants in the country and ascertain their health status to further prevent EVD spread.
Asuzu further urged hospitals and Nigerians to practice universal precaution practices against infectious diseases like regular washing of hands, among others.
He also called for the production of standard protocol for emergency prevention and response at the local government, state and federal health institutions.
Dr Adamu Yunusa, the Ona of Abaji, canvassed for training and retraining of medical personnel, describing it as one of the surest ways to fight communicable diseases.
Yunusa, who is the Royal father of Abaji, also called for the establishment of Ebola centres across the state of the federation to complement the existing ones.