Ministry Of Health, Lagos warns residents on resurgence Of Ebola in W/Africa

With the reported outbreak of new cases of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in some neigbouring West African countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Lagos State Government has alerted residents to take precautionary measures against infection by anyone that may have had contact with infected person(s) from the affected countries.

According to Daily Trust, the Permanent secretary in the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Modele Osunkiyesi, gave the warning at the Alausa Secretariat Ikeja, while outlining strategies put in place by the government to prevent the re-entry of the disease into Lagos.

Osunkiyesi explained that the state government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders were maintaining relevant surveillance through port health services and community surveillance activities in all local government areas of Lagos.

The government reiterated the need for the public to ensure and maintain adequate personal and environmental hygiene at all times as part of the precautionary measures.

The permanent secretary noted that though the prevention of Ebola remained a shared responsibility by all citizens, there was need for residents to take responsibility for their health.

She reminded residents that there is no specific treatment for EVD, stressing that infected people would need to be admitted into the hospital for specialised care and treated in isolation.

She added that those at the highest risk include health-workers, families and friends of an infected person in the course of feeding, holding and caring for them.

Nigeria was certified free of Ebola by the World Health Organisation on October 20, 2014 after containing an outbreak of the disease that killed at least seven people.

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