Ebola: It’s devilish of Sawyer, Liberia to spread the evil to us – Obasanjo
Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Saturday afternoon, rued the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease(EVD) in Nigeria, saying it is “devilish enough that Patrick Sawyer in connivance with some Liberian authorities,” brought the evil into the country.
Obasanjo lamented that EVD is already taking its toll not only in the areas of deaths recorded or those that are ill, but also economically.
” Ebola is taking economic toll. How do we handle people that are economically affected not those that are dead or ill. The economic effect has started, how do we reduce, recoup the economic cost of ebola on communities, nation, West African region and sub-region.”
The former President who spoke while fielding questions from guests during ‘An afternoon with Obasanjo’ a programme organised by Inside Watch Africa, a continental magazine published by Oluwaseyi Adegoke – Adeyemo, said some Liberian authorities knew of the contagious and deadly illness in Sawyer and allowed the visit.
At the event held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library(OOPL), Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, he urged Nigerians to be “very aggressive with precautionary measures” against ebola as there is no curative drugs yet for it.
Obasanjo said: “when HIV came, they said don’t talk about it. Now it is ebola and ebola is even talking about HIV. We should be doing whatever we can and that is being aggreesive in taking precautionary measures to prevent it.
“Everybody should be involved. When you see your neighbour showing unique symptoms not just the common cold or fever, take him to the clinic or doctor and we are told that when it has incubated, it becomes a problem.
Obasanjo who disclosed that he had spoken with Presidents of Liberia, Ghana and Sierra – Leone on the Ebola issue, said there is need for Nigeria and other West African countries to talk to development partners such World Health Organisation (WHO), European Union(EU), and America for help to curtail EVD.
Obasanjo charged the world not to see ebola disease as a burden of the West African countries but something that should be treated as an “international burden.”
He called on the world’s pharmaceutical giants to intensify research efforts towards providing either vaccine or curative drugs for the virus.
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