Medical practitioners and researchers in Nigeria have been tasked on intensifying efforts into finding a cure for the Ebola Virus Disease and other deadly diseases rather than waiting on other developed countries for solution.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state made the call at the graduation ceremony of the 6th set of Imo State University medical doctors held at the University Teaching Hospital auditorium, Orlu.
“This Nation is in shock of Ebola and Ebola has become a thing of concern. In fact every Nigerian now is worried. Some people no longer shake hands because of the fear of Ebola. The time has come when we must never wait for the western world to held us get the cure for Ebola.
“I believe that you can provide the information and you can do it. Determination can make everything possible,” he said in a speech delivered at the graduation ceremony.
The Governor said his administration in the last three years had contributed immensely to the development of the Medical school and would not relent in providing the needed infrastructural and medical research equipments to the institution so as to produce best crop of medical students.
While congratulating the 56 graduates the Governor promised a cash gift of 500 thousand Naira to the overall best graduating student in Medicine and Surgery, Miss Olaedo Izuagba and also offered her an automatic employment with the state government upon completion of her Housemanship.
Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Bamitale Omole, has cleared the air surrounding the status of the female student of the institution who was suspected to have been a secondary contact with Ebola Virus Disease.
He confirmed that she has tested negative to the deadly virus.
Speaking to newsmen in Ile-Ife in Osun state, Prof. Bamitale Omole made it clear that the lady who was sent to the Ebola Isolation Centre in Lagos for further clinical and laboratory investigation, has been certified and proved negative of the dreaded EVD .
Prof. Omole gave assurance that the institution would in no way stigmatize the student who is still out of town, more so when she has been clinically confirmed free of the Ebola Virus.
On measures put in place to curtail the EVD, Prof. Omole said that foreign students have been asked not to resume yet, particularly the ones from Liberia, until the coast is clear.
He urged the people to go about their normal activities, assuring that the OAU Ebola Surveillance Committee would continue to maintain all precautionary measures to ensure that OAU remains Ebola Free.
Pilgrims travelling to Saudi Arabia for the 2014 Hajj exercise have been advised to submit to Ebola Virus Disease screening exercise and any security measure when they arrive at Saudi.
The Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-makura, gave the advice at a ceremony organised to flag-off the exercise ahead of the pilgrims air lifting in Lafia.
Governor Al-makura urged the pilgrims to exercise restraints and caution in the foreign country.
The government and the people of Nasarawa State have high expectations from the pilgrims while on the holy land, but the major concern is for the pilgrims to intercede for peace in the state.
The Nasarawa State Muslim Welfare Board told reporters on Monday that adequate security and health measures were in place for this year’s Hajj exercise.
The board chairman, Sani Bawa and some of the pilgrims said they were adequately prepared for some of the risk behaviours and how to avoid harmful health and spiritual practices.
“Both security and health measures have been adequately covered for us to enjoy a hitch free exercise,” Mr Bawa said.
A pilgrim, Maryam Umar, said she was confident that the pilgrims would conduct themselves well in Saudi Arabia during the pilgrimage, stressing that the pilgrims were aware of the possible Ebola Virus Disease screening that they could be made to undergo in Saudi.
As excited as the men and women seem about their participation in this year’s Hajj, concerns among the pilgrims have been high with the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, a development that has resulted in stringent screening exercises for Nigerians at the port of entry into some foreign country.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said on Friday, that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has led to 1,427 deaths out of 2,615 known cases.
In its latest update, the WHO reported 142 new laboratory-confirmed, probable or suspected cases and 77 more Ebola deaths from four affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
Earlier, the WHO said that the scale of the world’s worst Ebola outbreak had been concealed by families hiding infected loved ones in their homes and the existence of “shadow zones” that medics cannot enter.
It is due to issue a global strategy plan towards the end of next week in Geneva.
The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Friday, announced the indefinite shutdown of its clinic in the Muri Okunola area of Victoria Island, Lagos, following a suspected case of Ebola virus on admission at the clinic.
NNPC shuts down the clinic as it discovered that the patient visited the First Consultant Medical Centre during the period the first Ebola case was reported at that clinic.
The Corporation, in a statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ohi Alegbe, explained that the pre-emptive step was taken after the case was duly reported to the Federal Ministry of Health as well as officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
“In the meantime, all contacts with this case are being traced and adequate precautionary measures instituted to contain the possible spread of the disease,” the Corporation stated.
The medical team has given assurances that the patient is in stable condition.