Obasanjo Commends FG, LASG In Their Fight Against The Spread Of Ebola In Nigeria


Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has commended the Federal and Lagos state governments for curbing  the spread of the Ebola virus in the country.

The former President stated this  at the opening ceremony of the 11th Biennial International Conference on “Drugs, Alcohol and Society in Africa” organized by the African Centre for Research and Information on substance  Abuse (CRISA).

Sequel to this development, Officers of the State Ministry of Health have  sensitised  Environmental Health Officers Association on safe practices relevant to viral hemorrhagic fever containment.This came as Ogun State government  has procured a variety of emergency supplies including specialised Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) as part of its efforts at strengthening its preparedness towards curtailing the sudden outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Obasanjo who however, submitted that if the attention given to the dreaded virus had  been given to the abducted Chibok girls about three months ago, the story could have been different today.

He called  for collective efforts  at the West African region to stem the tide of the virus in the  region.

According to him: “I have always believed that where we have done well we  should be able to commend ourselves whether or not anybody comments. On the other hand, where we have not done well enough, we should  be bold and courageous enough to admit our failing, show

remorse and make correction.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, Lagos State Government and the Federal government  separately and collectively have done very well in the prompt  measures taken to stem the tide of Ebola disease and to prevent the  spread into an epidemic proportion both in Lagos and in the country .

“We should hail these efforts which are in contrast to the efforts and time  deployed to rescue the 276 Chibok girls abducted. The difference is  clear and the results are obvious. Where we fail like in Chibok, no excuse  will absolve us from the responsibility and guilt that will remain  for years and decades to come.

Receiving the PPEs, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Daisi Odeniyi said that other efforts of the state towards curtailing the disease included visitation of the State Steering Committee to the isolation centers being prepared by the state to further step up the capacity to combat any outbreak of the disease.

The Permanent Secretary further said that the regular meeting of the Emergency Operation Committee and the Sub-Committees on ebola would take place as the State continues to implement its Emergency Response plan.


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