Ebola Virus: Kaduna NMA Advocates Campaign In Rural Communities

TheEbola virus disease Kaduna State branch of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has advised both the federal and state governments to focus more of their enlightenment campaign on the Ebola virus disease to the rural communities rather than concentrating on the urban areas.

The association said that this has become imperative because majority of the rural dwellers eat more bush meat than their urban counterparts, and are also not properly enlightened to know the risks associated with the Ebola virus disease.


The Kaduna State NMA Chairman, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, gave this advice at a press briefing in Kaduna on Saturday, where he debunked rumours spreading round the state since Thursday that there was an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the state.

He advised the residents to always confirm any issue relating to the Ebola case from health personnel instead of relying on rumours. He also advised them to adopt measures of protecting themselves from contracting the virus.

Mr Ibrahim reiterated the willingness of his members to attend to any case of Ebola or any other emergency in the state, despite the ongoing strike by medical doctors across the country.

He, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the Federal Government’s insurance cover for health workers who are attending to victims of Ebola virus, as well as the level of preparedness shown so far by both the Federal Government and the 36 state governments.


Public Analyst Believes Government Is In Control Of Ebola

Buchi MaduNigerians still have reasons to be calm irrespective of the negative incidents happening in the country.

A public sector consultant, Buchi Madu, believes so and that much he said during a conversation on Channels Television’s Rubbin’ Minds.

The outbreak of the Ebola virus on the West African region and its entry into Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, through a flight form Liberia, had caused panic in recent weeks, but Mr Madu believes that the Nigerian Government has shown its capability to handle the situation.

He noted that the Government, having shown that it was in control, must have earned the trust of the people and therefore they (people) would follow instructions given out.

He, therefore, urged the Government to do more in making information about the virus available to the public.

Nigerian athletes’ performances at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow also came to the fore and Madu expressed joy that the country has been able to record some successes especially with the record breaking double gold medal by sprinter, Blessing Okagbare.

Although the ban on female weightlifter, Chika Amalaha, who failed a dope test, was a downside for the country’s representation at the games, Madu said that this would do little to rob Nigeria of its glory, as the country had always been well rated in sports.

He declined speaking further on issues surrounding Amalaha’s ban and the eventual withdrawal of her earlier won Gold medal, since it was still an evolving case.

Mr Madu, however, said that the issue of terrorism could not be overlooked as it had taken a more alarming dimension with the introduction of female suicide bombers in recent attacks.

Referring to it as “a culture that is very alien to Nigerians”, he said, that while “the Government was doing its best, albeit late in the game”, Nigerians need to “untangle the underlining issue of Islamic fundamentalism from politics and all of the noise around it.”

He explained that there was a faction of extremists, who have an agenda and were determined to achieve it. He added, also, that there had been power play between the North and South and he thinks the politicians have played major roles in it as the crisis could be a tool for disgruntled politicians to unsettle the country’s leadership.

Feature: Nigerians’ Views On Ebola Virus

Ebola-VirusThe Ebola virus is one disease that is spreading faster than efforts to contain it. It is the largest and most complex outbreak in the history.

From 431 fatality figures recorded in 1976, the virus first appeared in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, over 700 lives have been lost so far in Guinea, Sierra-Leone and Liberia since March 2014.

Channels Television went to the streets to know how much Nigerians know about the risk factor, infection, transmission and prevention.

This follows after a man came into Nigeria from Liberia,was hospitalized and later died from the highly contagious Ebola virus disease in Lagos.

Jonathan congratulates Sierra Leonean president on re-election

President Goodluck  Jonathan has congratulated President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone on his re-election and swearing-in for another five-year term.

In a congratulatory message signed by presidential spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, President Jonathan welcomed President Koroma’s victory with close to 60 per cent of the votes cast in the November 17 presidential elections which was keenly contested by eight other candidates as an affirmation of the trust and confidence the people of Sierra Leone have in his capable leadership.

He urged Sierra Leoneans to join hands with President Koroma in moving their country forward to an era of democratic consolidation, peace, political stability and rapid socio-economic development.

President Jonathan assured President Koroma and the brotherly people of Sierra Leone that they can continue to count on the support, assistance and solidarity of Nigeria as they go on with the urgent task of rebuilding their nation after years of conflict.

He wished President Koroma a “very successful second term in office and prays that God Almighty will grant him continued good health and divine guidance to lead his nation forward to a brighter future for all of its people”.