Ebola: Osun Puts Residents On Red Alert
Ilori told newsmen in Osogbo that health education was crucial in checking the spread of the disease.
The commissioner said that although the state had no record of the disease inspite of its proximity to Lagos, it was important to put residents on red alert.
She urged residents to be more proactive in terms of environmental hygiene since the disease could easily be transmitted through the body fluid of an infected person.
Ilori also said that the state government was committed to healthy living in line with its unique health policy.
“It is indisputable that health education is highly germane for the promotion of health and reduction of diseases in any population. This informed our efforts to embark on incessant awareness programmes. Inspite of the fact that we have not recorded incidence of the disease in our state, there is need for our people to be vigilant and more proactive in the area of personal and environmental hygiene. The means of transmission, which is basically through the body fluid of the carrier, makes it compulsory for us to take our personal hygiene seriously,’’ she said.
Ilori, however, called on churches to be careful about keeping Ebola infected persons in their premises for spiritual healing, describing such act as “dangerous and inimical.’’
“We are appealing to our men of God to quickly report any case of Ebola infected person to the appropriate authority and not keep such persons in their churches for miraculous healing. In as much as we are not doubting the power of God, the Ebola virus is too deadly for an infected person to be kept in a place without thorough medical attention,’’ she said.
She further advised residents to desist from eating bush meat for now, especially carriers of the disease like bats and monkeys. (NAN)