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Ebola: Lagos to Deploy health workers to Sierra Leone




The Lagos State Government on Sunday said it was finalising arrangements to deploy some health workers who had helped in the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the state to Sierra Leone.

The Governor, Babatunde Fashola, made the announcement in  Ikeja  while speaking at a programme to commemorate the 2,700 Days of his administration in office.

The governor said the health workers were to replicate the state’s  virus  containment strategies in Sierra-leone  with a view to assisting the Ebola-hit country overcome the health crisis.

Fashola said although Nigeria was, as of now, free from the disease, there was still the risk of  new infections from cross-border movements.

He, therefore, said  the state’s  planned mission  to Sierra Leone was not  only to assist the country to overcome the great health challenge, but also reduce the risk  of the disease to countries within the sub-region.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sierra Leone accounts for  a substantial number of the over 4,000 global Ebola deaths.

“Lagos is free from Ebola, Nigeria is free from Ebola. But that does not mean there cannot be another case. For as long as people are moving from countries to countries, the risk of infections is still there.

‘That is why  I appeal to the Federal Government to continue to scrutinize people traveling into Nigeria from land,sea and air from regions where the problem is still ravaging.

“That is why some of the things the commissioner for health will be announcing very soon is the arrangements we are making to send some of our health workers and volunteers to go and help out in Sierra Leone.

“That is the only way we, the whole of Africa and the World can be safe.”

Fashola  expressed optimism that EVD, just like other infectious diseases like Cholera that had once  ravaged humanity without remedy, would soon get a cure.

He said Nigerians needed not live in fear of the disease coming back into the country but urged them to take precautions that would guard against new infections in the country.

Fashola said the state government  had taken a number of initiatives  to prevent a return of Ebola in the state.

Some of the strategies, according to him, include the deployment of screening equipment to schools and hospitals and the construction of sanitary facilities in schools.

Others are training and retraining of personnel on infectious diseases diagnosis and the sensitization of residents on how to be safe from the problem.

Fashola also announced that he had appointed Oluwakemi Sekoni his Scientific Adviser as a move to enhance better response to Ebola disease and other infectious ailments.

The governor said  the responsibilities of the new adviser would include providing public information about infectious diseases for effective response.

Others are actions and co-ordinating science-based research on food sufficiency, air pollution and helping in  all other things that were likely to improve the general well-being of Lagos residents.

“Today, I am announcing the appointment of  Oluwakemi Sekoni as my Chief Scientific Adviser . She would  be presented  at a formal induction ceremony shortly,” he said.

Reeling out some of his achievements in the last 100 days, Fashola said the Mainland Power Plant which would supply interrupted power to government facilities in mainland area was completed within the period.

He said the government also inaugurated a Power Academy that would train people on all aspects of electricity generation, distribution and transmission and help improve the power sector.

Fashola said the government also trained no fewer than 3,000 farmers on various aspects of agriculture and supported them with items to support their businesses.

He said work was sped up at the 70-gallon Adiyan Water Works to improve water supply in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Koffie

    October 20, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I like Governor Fasola’s frankness… Not pretending the help is all about help to Sierra Leone but disclosing he has the protection of Nigerians in mind also. As long as the EVD is still in other countries, we’re not 100% safe.
    When the time comes, I hope he contests for Presidency someday

  2. tunmi

    October 21, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    sanitary facilities and research, I like him

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