AKURE – The Ondo State Government on Wednesday inaugurated a 19-member committee saddled with the responsibility of checking the spread of the Ebola virus.
Speaking at the inauguration of the committee in Akure, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr Ayo Adeyanju, said the body would use advocacy to prevent the spread of the virus.
Adeyanju, who is also the Chairman of the committee, said the body would assess relevant information while working on the feedback received.
He expressed optimism that the caliber of the committee members would enable the body achieve the objectives for which it was set up.
Government, he said, was embarking on an aggressive publicity campaign while surveillance of borders was being carried out. [eap_ad_1] The commissioner said that the committee members would meet regularly to discuss ways to educate residents on preventive measures.
He, however, advised residents to observe the rules of hygiene, adding that they should avoid contact with body fluid such as blood, saliva and sweat.
The commissioner also debunked claims that the disease could be cured through eating bitter kola and bathing with salt water.
Also speaking at the inauguration, Bishop Joshua Ketiku, the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ondo State Chapter, lauded the state government for setting up the committee.
In his remarks, Dr Felix Akingbade, the Director of Veterinary Services in the state, promised that the committee would work hard to prevent the virus from spreading to the state.
The committee comprises representatives of relevant ministries, religious bodies, UNICEF and non-governmental organisations in the state. (NAN)