Abakaliki - Sporting activities have waned considerably at the Abakaliki Township Stadium because people fear the spread of Ebola.
The stadiumusually records a lot of sporting activities, especially in the morning, but now records a low turnout of people engaging in exercises.
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The few people who do come, now train individually instead of in group as they did in the past.
In interviews with the media, the few brave said that though there had been no reported case of the disease in Ebonyi, they needed to be careful.
Kevin Nnaji, a banker, said that the fear of the disease would not make him to stop 'walking-out' at the stadium.
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“The fear of Ebola will not deter me from going for my daily morning walk, but I now train with utmost caution.”
“My wife tried to dissuade me from attending the sessions but I insisted on going, but I train alone and minimise contact with other people,” he said.
Chinwe Ononye, a youth activist, said that he was scared of Ebola.
“There is no way I can avoid all possible contact with people at the stadium because I engage in group exercises which involve body contact.”
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“I have to be cautious because the disease has been reported in neighbouring Enugu State, and one cannot detect those who have come in contact with victims,” he said.
Okechukwu Mmegwa, a footballer, said that his local club was preparing for a competition and could not suspend training because of the spread of Ebola.
“League matches went on across the country over the weekend despite the Ebola scare.”