Via allAfrica.com, a report from the Daily Independent in Lagos: Nigeria: UNICEF, WHO Want Religious Leaders to Stop Rumours On Ebola Virus Infection. Excerpt:
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have appealed to religious leaders to disseminate correct information on Ebola virus to their members.
They made the appeal in Enugu on Friday at a one-day sensitisation meeting organised by the organisations for religious leaders in the state.
The Chief Field Officer of UNICEF, Mr Charles Nzuki, said the meeting was a good platform for creating awareness on prevention and fight against the virus.
Nzuki expressed concern over rumours that had been circulating about the disease and said religious leaders were at the fore-front to check the trend.
"We recognise the threat Ebola poses to women, children and men across Nigeria, we are committed to the collaboration with the government to prevent its spread.
"We solicit the support and commitment of religious leaders to ensure that every person is reached with the correct information about this virus," he said.
The South-East Zonal Coordinator of WHO, Dr Rosemary Onyibe, said the organisation would also take the sensitisation to the grassroots.
"We all should put hands together to fight the virus. We will also sensitise health workers on preventive measures," she said.
In his address, the Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Dr George Eze, called for prayers from the religious leaders to assist the fight against the virus.
He said the state government was planning a designated centre for Ebola victims in the state.
"We urge you to disseminate this information to your audience because we know they believe and respect you more.
"As leaders and custodians of our faith, we urge you to offer prayers and assist in the fight against this virus," the commissioner said.