Home Health Ebola: NGO takes campaign to rural areas in Ekiti

Ebola: NGO takes campaign to rural areas in Ekiti


ITAKPA (Ekiti) – The Vanguard for Better Living, an Ekiti-based Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), has commenced  sensitisation of  residents, especially rural people, on the Ebola Virus Disease.

The Coordinator of the NGO, Mr Samson Olaide, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Itapa, Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti, that the fight against the spread of Ebola was a collective one.

Olaide said that his organisation was moving round rural communities in Oye, Ikole and Ekiti East Local Governments to enlighten the people on the reality of the disease.

“So far,  we have carried out the awareness campaign  in about 15 villages and towns in the three local government areas.

“The communities include  Omu-Oke, Kota, Araromi-Oke, Ilasa, Ijurin, Ayedun, Ara-Ikole, Usin, Ire, Ijesa-Isu among others.
“We have admonished the people to suspend consumption of bush meat and avoid contact with animals like bats, antelopes, monkeys which have been reported as sources of contacting the disease, “ he said.

Olaide said  hunters and farmers were their target due to the nature of their profession, urging them  to suspend hunting to avoid the temptation of eating the animals  caught.

“The disease spreads through blood, sweat, urine or saliva of infected animals or humans while its symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding and fever, “ he said.

He urged the people to imbibe the habit of living in a hygienic environment and avoid activities that could aid the spread of the virus.

The coordinator commended the efforts of the Federal Government at nipping the spread of the  disease  in the bud.

Olaide urged other organisations to support the sensitisation crusade across the country so that every Nigerian would be fully aware of Ebola. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]

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