Rotary takes Ebola fight to Lagos market
To curb the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease, the Rotary Club of Omole Golden (District 911) yesterday organized a sensitization programme for traders at the Iju Ishaga market in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The event attracted market leaders and members of the public who came to witness the demonstration of hand washing as a prevention of the spread of the virus.
In his welcome address, the President of the club, Mr. Chris Alabi explained that the club decided to embark on the sensitization programme in order to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
He said:” We have come here today to help in the fight against Ebola virus that has killed so many lives all over the world. We know the peculiarity of the health challenges facing market women and traders especially in the rural areas and that is why we chose to bring health professionals that will not only enlighten you but teach you how to undertake personal hygiene that can prevent you from contacting the virus.”
In her speech, Dr. Wunmi Bakare of the Lagos State Ministry of Health, cautioned the traders against touching sick persons with bare hands. She instead urged them to wear protective gloves and imbibe the practice of hand washing.
She said:” We know that it is necessary to attend to sick relations or family members but I want to urge you not to touch them with your hands except you wear protective gloves. But more importantly, hand washing with any soap remains the best protection against contacting the deadly virus from infected victims.”
The Iyaloja (market leader) of the market, Madam Amoke Williams, urged the traders not to ignore the preventive measures learnt during the programme.
The high point of the event was the demonstration of hand washing and distribution of sanitation equipment to the market leaders.