Via Vanguard, an overview of developments: Ebola: Mass enlightenment begins in Lagos. Excerpt:
In a related development, the Lagos State Government has warned against environmental pollution such as defecating and urinating in the public, and urged people to embrace proper environmental hygiene standards as a way of curbing the spread of EVD.
Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello made the call at a “One-day Train the Trainers Programme” organised by the Ministry for Environment Health Officers”, popularly called WoleWole in all the 57 Local Government/LCDAs and Scientific Officers in the State Civil Service, with the theme: Creating an Army of Advocacy to curb Ebola Virus through Effective Enlightenment at the Grassroots.
Bello explained that the State Government has embarked on series of actions to control the spread since the outbreak in Lagos State. To complement other efforts of government, he said the ministry has commenced educative programmes for residents starting with the “Train the Trainer” after which an army of these trained officials will embark on mass public enlightenment campaigns to markets, motor parks, and schools in all the 57 Local Government Council Development Areas to create awareness on how to prevent the spread of the dreaded disease.
Enugu is Ebola free
Also, following the growing anxiety over possible spread of the EVD in Enugu State, the state government has declared the state free from ebola, just as it explained that at the moment, all those who were suspected to have contact with the nurse who left Lagos for Enugu have been investigated and there was no case of EVD detected.
A statement by the Special Assistant to Governor Sullivan Chime on Health Matters, Mr. Johnny Ezievuo, said even with that assurance, nothing was being taken for granted. “We are taking all precautionary measures to ensure that nothing is left to chance. Interestingly health care delivery is one of the cardinal programmes of Governor Chime’s administration.”
Ezievuo who stressed the need for people to uphold the practice of good hygiene in their homes, offices or shops as panacea to any disease, however, maintained that all the programmes of the state government were tailored towards the need of the people, saying that citizens have a sense of belonging because it is participatory.
Delta monarch bans burial ceremonies
In furtherance to the measures being taken against ebola threat, the Ovie of Agbon Kingdom, Ogurimerime Ukori the 1st, has directed that no funeral ceremony be held in the kingdom for now. A statement by the Secretary of Agbon Traditional Council, Chief Emma Avworo, quoted the Agbon Monarch as also banning religious crusades or night vigils in the kingdom. The statement directed that no corpse should be brought into Agbon Clan and warned everyone in the area to stop the consumption of all forms of bush meat especially bats till further notice.