No Ebola case in Edo, commissioner affirms
The Edo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Louis Odion, said yesterday that no Ebola case has so far been recorded in the state even as he assured that the state government has put the necessary machinery in motion to check the prevention and control of the virus in the event of an outbreak.
Odion, who spoke at the inauguration of the State Rapid Response Committee, put in place by the state government to curtail the spread and control of the virus, urged media practitioners to be accurate in their news reportage so as not to mislead the general public with falsehood.
While acknowledging that Ebola is more dangerous and deadlier than the dreaded HIV/AIDS, he, however, charged media practitioners in the state to always cross-check their facts before going to the press.
Odion, who is also a member of the 44-man State Rapid Response Committee on Ebola, however, called on media practitioners to partner with the state government in the sensitisation and awareness campaign towards the prevention and control of the virus in the event of an outbreak.
On his part, the State Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Afekhide Ernest Omoti called for life insurance scheme which would properly spell out remuneration for healthcare providers who will be volunteers for the treatment of the virus in the event of an outbreak in the state.
Prof Omoti ,who hinted that the NMA has already lined up a large number of volunteers in the event of an outbreak, further revealed that medical doctors in the state in spite of ongoing strike have already volunteered to participate fully in the treatment and control of the virus.
Also speaking, the Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Prof. Michael Ibadi said the hospital has already set up a committee on the Ebola virus in the event of its outbreak in the state.
On her part, the representative of the State Coordinator of World Health Organistion in Edo State, Ms. Kate Okungo said the organisation is collaborating with newspaper vendors in disseminating information on the Ebola disease through hand bills, posters, vests and other printable materials inserted inside newspaper for onward distribution to the general public.
Okungo further informed that WHO is also making use of disease control officers in the different local councils across the state as well as immunisation officers for the purpose of disseminating information to create awareness for the control and prevention of the disease.
In a related development, the Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities has embarked on a sensitisation and awareness campaign with a theme: ‘Say No To Ebola.’
The campaign was flagged off yesterday by a top director of the Ministry, Mr. Sylvester Okokhere on behalf of the ministry.
The officials of the ministry embarked on a road show from Sapele Road, Ring Road and its environs.
Okokhere noted that even though Ebola is not in Edo State, there is need for continuous enlightenment on prevention, adding that it will help in letting the people know what to do to prevent the disease from spreading to the state.
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