Via Nigerian Tribune: EBOLA: Kaduna Community protests location of Ebola Quarantine Centre. Excerpt:
Hundreds of community members at the Down Quarters area of Kaduna South Local Government of Kaduna State staged a peaceful protest on Wednesday over the proposed location of an Ebola quarantine center within the community.
The protesters stated that they would utilise all available means to reject the location of the centre in their area and accused the government of not been fair to them.
The chairman of the Down Quarters Community Association, Mr James Ojo said it became imperative for them to stage the protest because Ebola virus had become a human pandemic, which must not be handled with kids’ glove.
However, while reacting on why government would not establish the center far away from human communities, the deputy governor of Kaduna State, Ambassador Nuhu Audu Bajoga, who is also Chairman of the Ebola committee in the state, said the government would prefer a nearby location, where victims could easily be conveyed, and not a far location, which could lead to death of the victims or other hardships on the way to the location.
He said there was no cause for alarm because Ebola virus is not an airborne diseases and the disease was yet to get to State Kaduna. According to him, what government was doing was a preparatory measure, just as it had already established a similar center in Zaria.
While reiterating that there was no Ebola case in Kaduna, the deputy governor said the centre would be about 100 meters away from the community; therefore, there won’t be any health risk.
Bajoga said the location belonged to the government and there was no going back on the plan to establish the center.