Fight Against Ebola Is War To Save Humanity, Says Amaechi




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Rivers State governor, Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has described the global fight against the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as a war to save humanity.

Amaechi, who stated this yesterday in Port Harcourt while declaring open a one-week training for health workers in the state on the Ebola virus, said during wars, unseen enemies such as parasites, viruses and bacteria kill more than the gun in a lifetime.

The health workers, who are being trained by a team of professionals from a United States-based group, the Elizabeth Griffin Foundation, are drawn from the State Ministry of Health, the State Ministry of Environment, private hospitals, health facilities of multi-nationals, the Police and the Armed Forces.

The governor, who was represented by the state commissioner for health, Dr Sampson Parker, said it was regrettable Lagos State was caught unawares by the disease, when a Liberian victim sneaked into the state last July.

He said, “This is a clear and present danger facing all of us. Our brothers in Lagos were caught unawares when someone sneaked into Lagos and we lost some of our colleagues. During wars, the unseen enemies are viruses, parasites, and bacteria; they kill more than the gun can kill in a lifetime.”
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The commissioner stated apart from training the health workers on the Ebola disease, the trainers will also train them to prepare for further epidemiological emergencies that may break out in the state.

He said, “Every establishment has something to do with health care is represented here. They are to be trained on how to handle Ebola Virus Disease, if it comes into Rivers State. It is a pre-preparedness training against Ebola.”

“First, they will train to understand what the Ebola Virus is; what it looks like; how to handle it, particularly from the aspect of the safety of the health worker; the tests to do; the laboratory investigations to do; and also to know how to deal with those will be unfortunate to pass on if it comes. The other benefits we will get from these that have come is to keep us ready for other epidemiological emergencies.”[eap_ad_3]