Fashola lauds health workers
•Says govt has checked Ebola
•Confirms receipt of N200m from Fed Govt
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) yesterday praised health workers who risked their lives to save Ebola patients.
Fashola spoke when MTN Nigeria presented Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in support of the war against the Ebola Virus Disease at the Lagos House, Ikeja.
The governor, who allayed fears of Nigerians over the disease , said the collaborative efforts of government had brought it under control.
According to him, “ those health workers who risk their lives to fight this disease, stood up to be counted when there was dire need, when there was fear even at the highest levels of government. But, in spite of those fears, some men and women stood up to be counted. We will talk about them later.
“The health team accepts this gesture and also wish to use the opportunity to reiterate again, as I said in my broadcast a fortnight ago, that whilst we understand and fully appreciate the humanitarian concern that propels these things.
“The real problem is the sufficiency of experienced virologists and Ebola specialists in managing and when the sub-region is challenged on many fronts, that capacity thins out. That really is the problem; so, it is not always a money problem. As at this time it isn’t really an equipment problem. It is a human capacity problem.
“We are at a stage where, like I said before, we do not need to panic. Ebola virus is not automatic death sentence; a lot of knowledge is being gained on daily basis even at this moment about the behavior of the virus and that knowledge helps the scientist to prepare even better to respond.
“Different types of virus have been identified and we now have clarity about the length and life span of the virus. That body of knowledge helps in the management of the disease.”
Fashola praise MTN for the gesture, saying it is clearly the tradition which the brand has been associate with, especially “in matters on health and education issues.”
Fashola said as a government and people they had benefited from the telecoms giant disposition when they provided a dialysis machines it state government’s health facilities and also partnered with the government in enhancing standard of education in the state.
Fashola confirmed receipt of N200 million from the Federal Government, stressing that the effort the state government and response by the Rivers State Government will be definitive on how to contain the virus.”
Earlier, MTN Nigeria Chairman Dr. Pascal Dozie said: “Our coming here is very simple. When you see a good thing you appreciate it and would want to be part of it. We have watched the Lagos State government under the leadership of Governor Fashola when this Ebola incident occurred.
“We thank God that it started off in Lagos because if it has started elsewhere, we would have had a pandemic. Their reaction was profound, dignified and historic, their response professionally systematic. It was as if having prepared you were waiting for the event to happen.”
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