The Nigerian Medical Association has said that an aggressive, deeply committed, well-funded and supervised environmental management program is the key to unburdening the nation of vectors, as they are most commonly found in areas and habitations characterised by scarcity of potable water, poor housing conditions, poor environmental hygiene and abject poverty.
In a statement signed by the President of the association, Dr Osahoh Enabulele, the group expressed dissatisfaction at the current situation in the country. It emphasized, “at this point in Nigeria’s history, the country is still grappling with issues of development at the very foundational levels.”
The statement added that until an aggressive, deeply committed, well-funded and supervised environmental management program is instituted, Nigeria may not heave a sigh of relief in her fight against the menacing unsolicited advances of the disease laden organisms which have undoubtedly contributed to the huge disease burden in Nigeria.
The association urged the port health services units to intensify their efforts as it concerns their role in identifying and quarantining infected persons migrating from affected nations of the world, especially with the recent reported outbreak of Ebola viral disease in some countries within the African continent.