Experts urge Kebbi to initiate preventive measures
Despite the widespread fears over the outbreak of Ebola virus in Nigeria, the Kebbi State Government is yet to initiate preventive measures against it in the state.
This is in spite of the fact that Kebbi State shares border with other countries.
Authorities of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Birnin-Kebbi, has therefore called on the state government to, as a matter of urgency, provide the necessary support towards procuring the equipment needed for the screening of the virus in general hospitals across the state.
The Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Birnin-Kebbi, Dr. Abdullahi Ibrahim, made this appeal at a one-day sensitization on the presence of Ebola virus in Nigeria.
Ibrahim declared that the authorities of the FMC had decided to dedicate a special building for the hospitalization of victims in case there is a reported outbreak of the virus in the state.
He added that a special laboratory would be designed and dedicated to screening blood.
In his speech, the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim K. Aliyu, represented by the Head of service, Babale Yauri, said the state government would be ready to partner with any agency that would be collaborate with it in the area of prevention and control of the virus.
He said the Kebbi State Government was fully aware of the epidemic in Nigeria, assuring that the state government would take a decisive measure to curtail the menace if it happens in the state.
In his remarks, the Emir of Gandu Alhaji Muhammadu Illiyasu Bashar, commended the FMC authorites for deeming it fit to organise the workshop, adding that people should use their senses in order not to contract the virus.
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