Ebola: Group Calls For Fumigation Of Public Places In Nigeria

Ebola: Group Calls For Fumigation Of Public Places In Nigeria

By Vanguard on August 26, 2014
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A civil society organization, Civil Society Awareness Response on Epidemic Diseases CARED has called for the fumigation of all public places in the country to prevent the spread of Ebola virus to parts of Nigeria.

The organization also urged the Federal Ministry of Health to embark on air spray as a means of preventing the deadly Ebola virus in most parts of the country.

The Co-ordinator of the organization, Mr Stephen Aremu who lamented the rate at which the deadly virus spreads, called on the federal government to consider the possibility of preventing hunting expedition in the country.

Mr Aremu said areas where bats and other animals are populated should be sprayed to prevent the people from contacting the virus through consumption of animals.

He also advised that hotel, religious centres and other public places in all the parts of the country should be fumigated from time to time to prevent the spread of Ebola virus.

Also, Aremu who hinted that his organization has concluded arrangements to collaborate with security agencies and other relevant bodies in the country to prevent the spread of Ebola stated that the Federal Government should prevent foreigners from countries where Ebola had been discovered from entering Nigeria.

He also urged the federal government to mount surveillance in the entire boundaries of the nation and other entry points to the country where strangers would be screened before entering into the country.

He warned health workers in all hospitals across the country not to send patients with Ebola related symptoms away for fear o contacting Ebola virus, saying “we are amazed at reports of several patients being refused treatment when they present with such symptoms when the
right response should have been to notify the relevant authorities about such suspicions than to send them back into the community.”

“The consequences of sending such persons back to the communities untreated and uncared for are best imagined if any of the persons affected are truly infected with Ebola virus,” he added.

He enjoined the Federal government to include the civil society organizations on monitoring of Ebola at both National, state and Local levels.

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