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Lagos premier bemoans shortage of Ebola experts

02 September 2014, 19:31

Lagos - Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, expressed concern a lack of virus experts and specialists was impeding the containment of the deadly Ebola virus.

The premier bemoaned the deficiency of experts as he received a donation a local mobile network operator made to enable the state fight Ebola.

"The health team accepts this gesture, but I also wish to use this opportunity to reiterate, as I said in my broadcast a fortnight ago, that while we  understand and appreciate the humanitarian concerns that propel this kind of gesture, the real problem is the sufficiency of experienced virologists and Ebola specialists in managing this (Ebola)," he said.

According to Fashola, Government needs the government needed human capacity "more than ever."

"It is not an equipment problem. It is a human capacity problem. We are at a stage where, as I said before, we do not need to panic. Ebola virus is not a death sentence," he said.

Lagos recorded the first Ebola case in the American patient who was flown from Liberia.

"We remain, for now and sadly Port Harcourt too, the first two urban centres where the virus has broken out in the history of more than four
decades. So what we have done here and what Port Harcourt will do will become definitive for improving knowledge about how to contain the virus in an urban centre not just the Ebola Virus but many other epidemics that have broken out across the world," Fashola said.

- CAJ News


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