BENIN – The Edo State House of Assembly Committee on Health on Wednesday directed the state Commissioner for Health, Mrs Eregie Aihanuwa, to take the campaign against Ebola virus to the rural areas.
Mrs Elizabeth Atieve (APC Uhunwode), at a meeting between the committee and the commissioner in Benin, said the campaign against the disease should be taken to the grassroot to enlighten the people about the disease.
“We are aware that your ministry is proactive in terms of all the measures you have put in place in case of an outbreak in the state, but we still need to take it further to the rural areas.
“We do not pray for an outbreak in the state; the best you can do is to disseminate the information to everybody on the basic steps to be taken to prevent the disease. [eap_ad_2] “ Most people in the rural areas do not know what Ebola is all about; they said they have not heard about it all. We have to be prepared.”
Responding, Aihanuwa said that Gov Adams Oshiomhole had directed all local government chairmen tom set up a local response committee in their areas.
Aihanuwa said health workers in the state, alongside two teachers from each school, had been trained as directed by the Federal Ministry of Health.
She, however, said that no isolation tent had been provided by the Federal Government.
She explained that the state government had approved the provision of medical kit for the management of the disease in case of an outbreak.
The Commissioner for Transport, Mr Orobosa Omo-Ojo, who also appeared before the house Committee on Transport, said the ministry was working diligently to ensure sanity on the roads.
The chairman of the committee, Mrs Elizabeth Ativie, called on the Edo State Traffic Management Agency (EDSTMA) to carry out its duties diligently.
“We know that you have improved on your attitude but we still need you to discharge your duties with a human face. If the offence is not so serious, just give a warning,” she said. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]