The Federal Government has approved the employment of 490 Environmental Health Officers (EHO) to man border areas to prevent further spread of Ebola disease.
The Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Mallam, made this known at the inauguration of the Governing Board of Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) in Abuja on Monday.
Mallam said that the action was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to boost staff strength to check further spread of the deadly disease.
She said that President Goodluck Jonathan had mandated the ministry to employ professionals to man border areas as well as ports, to ensure that those environments were kept clean.
She, however, acknowledged the fact that the number to be recruited was inadequate, adding that more would be recruited in due course with the approval of the President.
“Ebola is real and the Federal Government is ready to fight it.
“Mr President has made funds available to the Ministry of Health to control further spread of the disease.
“Nigerians, on their part, should be conscious of their environment and keep the environment clean all the time.
“Though the recruitment of additional 490 environmental health officers for this purpose is not even enough because Nigeria is very big and this number cannot reach out to all states.
“I believe that our President is committed to the prevention of this disease.”