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missioner for Health, Dr Tamunoyioriari Parker said the state government was providing 5,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for volunteers to contain the spread of Ebola Viral Disease.
Speaking in Lagos at a training programme organised by the Federal Minsitry of Health for volunteers to tackle the spread of Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Parker said if the practices and strategy used in containing Ebola in Lagos and Rivers were adopted, “we should be able to eradicate EVD in the region.
He said, “we have established what should be good standard in the management of public health challenges, adding that we can’t say we have contained and controlled the spread of EVD in Nigeria if these countries around us are still being ravaged by EVD.”
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Minsitry, Mr Linus Awute, said at the opening of The Ebola Containment Training in Lagos, that the government was determined to tackle the disease.
Awute, represented by Director, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Prof. Abduls-alami Nasidi, said that there were 504 volunteers.
Nasidi said the first batch of the trainees were 250 people drawn from all over the country, adding that almost 98 per cent of them participated in containing the EVD in Nigeria.
Awute said the first ever EVD in West Africa started in Guinea and was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in March 2014.
He said: “Since then, the outbreak has spread to Liberia, Sierre Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. “This current outbreak attributed to EV Zaire strain is the most extensive outbreak of Ebola, affecting multiple countries, including Nigeria. “The total case counts and deaths are well beyond the cumulative total of all cases from previous known outbreaks, since its discovery in 1976’’.
He commended the health workers for having shown the spirit of togetherness by making up their minds to assist our neighbouring countries and tasked the volunteers to be law abiding and diligent in their duties.
Also, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, said that the country was still vulnerable, noting that the state government had decided not to disband the structure on Ebola but would always build upon it.
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