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Oyo has over 80 per cent response activities to Ebola – Commissioner

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IBADAN – Dr Olumuyiwa Gbadegesin, the Oyo State Commissioner for Health, said on Friday that the state has 80 per cent response activities to curb the spread of EVD in the state.

Gbadegesin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan all the local government councils had been mobilised to attend to reported cases with despatch.

The commissioner, who said that outbreak risk assessment was a serious public health event, disclosed that the rural and border outbreaks were of greater concern to the state government.

He said that cultural and community beliefs were fuelling the containment of the outbreak in the state.

“At the meeting of all Health Commissioners with the Presidency, states were mandated to post more immigration officers to the borders and train them on the use of infrared thermometers, and we have complied. [eap_ad_2] “We have activated our `Emergency Alert Squad’ and expanded the composition to include the ministries of agriculture, environment and women affairs,” he said.

The commissioner said that the suspected patients in Ogbomoso, Iseyin and Ibadan have tested negative and have since been discharged.

He said the state government had been running jingles on radio and television to enlighten the general public on the causes and prevention of the disease.

“We have started building temporary isolated units to closely survey suspects, who could be cleared within 48 hours if tested negative,” he said.

Gbadegesin advised the people to maintain a clean personal and community hygiene to curtail the spread.

He also urged residents to stop eating bush meat for at least six months from now. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]

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