Ebola: Oyo govt moves against spread of virus

Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Ibadan | 2 August 2014 | 2,256 times

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The State Commissioner for Health, Oyo State, Dr. Muyiwa Gbedegesin, has assured the people of the state that the state government has taken some precautionary measures to ensure that the infectious Ebola virus does not find its way to the state.

Dr. Gbedegesin in a statement issued yesterday in Ibadan disclosed that the state government is working closely with the Federal Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the ministries of health of the neighbouring states to prevent the outbreak of the disease.

“All the disease surveillance and notification officers in all the local government areas have been alerted and sensitised to promptly respond to the outbreak,” the statement said, adding that a sensitisation programme had also been organised for a similar purpose.

Dr. Gbedegesin also said that public enlightenment showing how to prevent Ebola, its causes, mode of transmissions and steps to be taken in case of outbreak, had already commenced in form of sensitisation of traditional healers, religious and community members, as well as through airing of jingles and distribution of posters.

The statement highlighted symptoms of the disease, which include onset of fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. Others are: Conjunctivitis, hiccups, dysphasia, followed by vomiting, diarrhoea and rash.

•Photo shows Governor Isiaka Ajimobi of Oyo State.

Source: News Express

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