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Rivers governor: Please help us with Ebola!

05 September 2014, 07:59

Abuja - Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has called on religious and traditional leaders to complement his government's efforts to contain the Ebola virus in the state.

Amaechi made the call at a meeting with traditional rulers, church leaders and those of the Muslim community at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He gave the leaders an expository on the Ebola virus and enjoined them to sensitize the people in their different domains, and partner with his administration in its operational rescue effort.

Also read: Ebola: Schools shut down till further notice

The governor also warned against stigmatization of people suspected to be infected with the Ebola virus.

He said the Rivers State Government was doing its best to contain and eliminate the disease in the state.

He urged religious leaders to preach about the disease in their churches and mosques as well as traditional rulers in their various communities, urging them to encourage those under them to imbibe healthy living and wash their hands regularly.

“Ebola is not a death sentence if properly managed. If you think you are Ebola positive and you know and you run away, you are living in self-denial, so we want our pastors, our Imams and our traditional Rulers to pass on this message.

“First, don’t heal them for us, don’t touch them for us, just call us, we will come there and after examination of the person, we will get the result and treat the person accordingly. We are doing that to curtail the spread of Ebola in our communities, so that we can be free to do our normal businesses. But for now, don’t live in fear, don’t panic.  If you suspect a case, please call the Ebola line.

He discouraged people suspecting to have Ebola from going to Church.

"Church is a place that you have a large crowd of people. If you touch one person or two persons, you are contaminating the environment and the people, and they may get infected. If you suspect, don’t stigmatize them, call the Ebola line, we will come there. They will examine them."

He urged the religious and traditional leaders to immediately report suspected cases of Ebola virus using the available Ebola help lines.

“My reason for calling you today is to partner with you in our attempt to eliminate Ebola from our communities.  As religious and traditional leaders, you have a major role to play. Your people respect and listen to you,” Amaechi said.

- CAJ News

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