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UN commends Lagos measures against Ebola

12 September 2014, 07:56Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) has hailed measures by the Lagos State to contain the spread of the Ebola virus.

Speaking during a courtesy call on the Governor at the State House, Ikeja, the WHO Country Director, Dr Rui Vana Gaz, said he and his team had come to transmit the compliment and high recognition of the top hierarchy of the WHO to the State Government for the excellent leadership the Governor Babatunde Fashola provided in containing the disease.

He stated that the world body was happy with the way the State established the Isolation Ward with the necessary support and that the WHO also offered its support by deploying its staffs to support the Isolation Centre and supplying Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) and resource mobilization.

While re-echoing the view of Governor Fashola at some of the meetings held on the EVD about some missed opportunities which aided the importation of the disease, Dr Gaz said Nigeria must avoid any form of complacency to ensure that there is no other case.

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He also called for support from the media and other stakeholders on sustained sensitization of the citizenry about the Ebola adding that recent research showed that a sizeable number of people who came into a treatment centre were ignorant of the Ebola virus.

He also urged the state to ensure that the schools in the state are fully prepared with the parents being sensitized on what they should do concerning the personal hygiene of the children before the schools are re-opened.

Fashola said the state would not be complacent about the gains made in containing the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease.

According to the Governor, there is no room for complacency in the state because as long as some parts of the West African sub-region still have cases of Ebola and with the ECOWAS protocol guaranteeing free movement, the Nigerian nation and Lagos state stood at a risk.

He called for measures of an enlarged capacity to contain such outbreaks in the future while also using the opportunity to make improved sanitation a way of life for the average resident of the state.

“Until all our brothers in the West African sub-region gain effective control against the spread of Ebola Virus Disease, we are still very much at risk and we intend to internalize the lessons learnt from the Ebola Virus issue for tomorrow,” Fashola stated.

– CAJ News


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