Lagos warns against sale of fake Ebola test kits

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Sep 4th, 2014
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The Lagos State government has alerted the public to the activities of unscrupulous people, who are purportedly marketing “Ebola Cassette Test Kits”.

 The Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Mr. Hakeem Bello, said in a statement that the fake items, which are branded as “Rapid Response Canada with test results purportedly available in 10 minutes”, is a hoax.

 According to the statement, there are no Ebola test kits manufactured anywhere in the world and that the technique for its manufacture does not exist yet, adding that the public should not patronise the dubious marketers of the product.

The government will today hold a sensitisation workshop for principals and head teachers of public primary and secondary schools as well as proprietors of public schools on the deadly Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever (EHF) and the new resumption date of October 13.

The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, who spoke in Lagos, urged stakeholders to converge on the Blue Roof, Lagos Television premises, for the sensitisation.

She said the workshop would also afford stakeholders the opportunity of preparing for the resumption of academic exercise on October 13, in view of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease.

It will be addressed by professionals including Prof. Bayo Onajole, Director of Communication/Social Mobilisation at the Ebola Emergency Operation Centre (EEOC) and Mrs. Omowunmi George, the Deputy-Director, Health Education, Ministry of Health, among others.

They will talk on the Ebola Virus and Demonstration of Hand Washing Techniques, among other important topics.

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