Posted by News Express | 23 December 2014 | 2,840 times
Lagos State Government has advised the public to be at alert and be mindful of what they do, eat and drink during the Yuletide celebrations. It also advised residents to call the Ebola Helpline or the local government nearest to them in case of any suspected case during the season.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who gave the advice at the weekend, urged residents to observe good personal and environmental hygiene as well as follow advice given by the State Government on the prevention of the Ebola Virus Disease.
According to Idris, “Presently, there is no active case of Ebola in the country but Ebola is still a threat in neigbouring West African countries and this puts the nation at risk. This is why we need to be on the alert and observe a high degree of personal and environmental hygiene especially during this season of celebrations to prevent the disease from resurfacing in the country again.”
He further advised citizens to take basic precautionary measures against the disease by washing their hands with soap and water frequently, particularly after touching sick people; avoid direct contact with body fluids like saliva, vomit, stool, semen, vaginal fluids and urine of suspected persons and avoid eating fruits half eaten by animals.
The commissioner also urged citizens to cook all foods particularly meat thoroughly before eating, clean all surfaces that have been contaminated with body secretions with bleach or detergents and desist from sharing sharp objects such as needles and razor blade.
“Please, do not defecate or urinate indiscriminately and notify the health authority of anyone coming from any West African Country into your community. Be assured that the Lagos State Government is still carrying out active search for cases while follow-up on rumoured cases are on-going and we will keep providing you with update and disease prevention messages,” Idris stated.
The commissioner added that signs and symptoms of Ebola include unexplained fever that does not respond to usual treatment, intense weakness, rashes, vomiting and diarrhoea which may be accompanied by bleeding from body openings like the ear, nose, mouth and anus.
Idris posited that Ebola Virus Disease is not a death sentence stressing that a sizeable number of those who contracted the disease are still alive adding that herbal remedies have not been proven to be efficacious.
While urging health workers to keep observing the universal safety precautions when dealing with patients, the Commissioner noted that early detection of the disease and care can save lives.
When laboratory confirmation of the country’s first Ebola case, in Lagos, was announced on 23 July, the news rocked public health communities across the country. There were panics amongst Nigerians.
•Adapted from a Vanguard report. Photo shows Lagos Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris.
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