Via The Nation, a really discouraging example of bad health communication: Govt alerts Lagosians to Ebola virus. Excerpt:
Lagosians got at the weekend a wake-up call on the Ebola virus, which has killed many in some West African countries.
The state government told residents to observe and maintain high standard of personal and environmental hygiene.
Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris urged residents to always wash their hands often with soap and water, avoid close contact with people who are sick and ensure that objects used by the sick are decontaminated and properly disposed.
The Commissioner, in a statement at the weekend, also advised health workers to be at alert, wear personal protective equipment, observe universal basic precautions when attending to suspected or confirmed cases, and report same to their Local Government Area or Ministry of Health immediately.
Does this mean you should run screaming from your grandmother or your children when they fall ill? And do HCWs have to done the full PPE kit to deal with every case of diarrhea or nosebleed?