Ebola: FG Adopts Environmental Control Measures

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In Nigeria
Aug 19th, 2014
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Mrs. Laurentia Laraba Mallam

Federal Government has said it will adopt both clinical and environmental health control measures to curb the spread of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.

The Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Laraba Mallam who said president Goodluck’s order to adopt the measures was necessary to contain with the Ebola crises, added that the Ministry of Environment was putting in place a robust environmental health management and control programme so that the disease does not become endemic in Nigeria.

This was contained in a press release obtained from the Ministry of Environment on Monday.

Mallam, who pointed out that environmental sanitation and hygiene is a fundamental obligation for human well-being and development, called on    Nigerians to avoid overcrowding, especially in public places, home, businesses and social gatherings, unless  when necessary.

She promised that the ministry would ensure adequate ventilation at home, places of business and anywhere people are gathered so as to reduce possible infection.

“The control of animals implicated in the spread of this disease, especially fruit bats, which are so numerous in many of our urban cities such as Abuja, Lagos, Kaduna, Enugu, to mention but a few, is now our major focus. 

“We have started a survey of their distribution in Abuja where we have found a substantial population in Wuse area, the Three Arms Zone and some areas of Maitama District and Kubwa. We have equally commenced a similar survey in other states and towns in order that we may implement a comprehensive exercise. We are also in touch with the various states of the federation for the implementation of a massive disinfestation of homes, offices, hospitals, hotels and indeed public places infested with bats, rats and other pests”. 

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