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Ebola campaign taken to Ekiti rural areas

29 August 2014, 18:29

Ekiti - The Vanguard for Better Living, an Ekiti-based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), has commenced sensitisation of residents, especially rural people, on the Ebola Virus Disease.

The Coordinator of the NGO, Samson Olaide, said in Itapa, Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti, that the fight against the spread of Ebola was a collective one.   

Olaide said that his organisation was moving round rural communities in Oye, Ikole and Ekiti East Local Governments to enlighten the people on the reality of the disease.

"So far,  we have carried out the awareness campaign in about 15 villages and towns in the three local government areas.

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"The communities include Omu-Oke, Kota, Araromi-Oke, Ilasa, Ijurin, Ayedun, Ara-Ikole, Usin, Ire, Ijesa-Isu among others.

"We have admonished the people to suspend consumption of bush meat and avoid contact with animals like bats, antelopes, monkeys which have been reported as sources of contacting the disease," he said.

Olaide said hunters and farmers were their target due to the nature of their profession, urging them to suspend hunting to avoid the temptation of eating the animals caught.

"The disease spreads through blood, sweat, urine or saliva of infected animals or humans while its symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding and fever," he said.

 He urged the people to imbibe the habit of living in a hygienic environment and avoid activities that could aid the spread of the virus.



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