Via Nigerian NewsDirect: Ebola: Epidemic looms in Lagos mass transit trains...as Nigerians shun second hand clothes' markets. Excerpt:
Concerns have been raised over a possible outbreak of Ebola epidemic aboard the Lagos Mass Transit Trains due to over overcrowding and congestion in the trains. This is even as operators of the second-hand clothes markets scattered nationwide have started lamenting drop in sales due to the fear that the virus is still very active on clothes worn by dead victims.
Speaking with Nigerian NewsDirect, a member of the National Union of Railway Workers (NURW) who preferred not to have his name in print, expressed fear over a possible spread of the disease should an infected person board the evening Lagos Mass Transit Train.
According to him, “I am afraid the way the Ebola virus disease is being managed by the government. With doctors still on strike, if by any error an infected person gets aboard the evening Lagos Mass Transit Train, the disease will spread like wildfire due to the human congestion aboard the evening trains.”
NewsDirect can authoritatively confirm that the human congestion aboard the Lagos Mass Transit Trains should be a concern for government due to the mode of transmission of the Ebola virus disease.
The disease, according to research, needs just body contact with an infected person to cause its spread. The Ebola disease transmits through body fluids like sweat from one person to another.
Aboard the Lagos Mass Transit Trains, people are seen clinging to one another in a train that has zero ventilation due to breakdown and complete abandonment of the fans inside the train coaches.
Inside the trains, employees of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) who check passenger tickets are made to go through congested human bodies to make sure they check everybody aboard the trains.
All the passengers on-board are seen covered by sweat because of the human congestion and the lack of ventilation inside the trains.
Apart from NRC employees who navigate through congested human bodies to check passenger tickets, hawkers are also seen struggling through passengers’ bodies to ensure they make ends meet.
In a related development, findings revealed that Nigerians have shunned the patronage of second hand clothes popularly called bosikoro, tokunbo or akube’.
A visit by our correspondent to the popular Aswani market in Lagos recently showed the apathy of buyers of second hand clothes whom the sellers said were fed with misleading information about the spread of the disease.