Ebola: Stop handshakes for now- Fashola
The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has advocated for the stoppage of the traditional shaking of hands as part of measures to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in he country.
He called for the measures after the meeting of state governors and health commissioners from various state of the Federation Federal Government officials & World Health Organization Representative in Nigeria with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Wednesday.
“We have to drop our traditional behaviours like shaking of hands and nobody should be offended,” he stated while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting.
He also urged people to stop defecating and urinating in public, particularly at this time of the country’s health crisis.
He said, “This is not the time to make fast naira. Next week will be defining for us, to know what cases have multiplied. This is not something you keep in religious house to pray. Infected persons are not patients you can move by taxis, if they need prayers now it can be done electronically.”
“We are now 99 per cent following the cases. We need to have a 100 per cent because if we have one infected person, it is a global risk not just Nigeria.”
Fashola maintained that health workers should be provided with advanced equipment to protect them in their first line of duties.
The Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime said, “from the reports of the meeting it is clear Nigeria has the capacity to fight ebola but there is need for standardised practice in combating it”.
The WHO Representative in Nigeria Voiz, commended President Jonathan for calling the meeting of governors and commissioners of health towards fighting the disease.
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