Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Fears of Ebola: Physician, University Don calls FG to close Churches, Mosques...

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Image result for pictures of EbolaOkechukwu Onuegbu

As fears of Ebola hemorrhagic virus intensify, the federal government of Nigeria has been urged to declare a full state of emergency on the endemic disease with a view to isolating people from the public places where they could easily contact the deadly virus.

Dr. Patrick Ezeno, the Director, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) Medical Center, Awka, Anambra State, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Orient Daily, advocated for closure of our borders, hotels, eateries, churches/mosques, schools, funerals, commercial vehicles among other interesting places that cohabitates both local and international personalities, for about 50 days or more.

Dr. Ezeno, who reiterated the needs for personal hygiene, called on people to always wash their hands with soaps and to bathe before going to bed, even as he enjoined the government to empower medical practitioners to sensitise the citizenries on precautional measures to be adopted in forestalling spreading of the disease.

He further debunked rumours making round that pinch of salt and cold water, and bitter kola prevents incursion of Ebola, explaining that both speculations were medically wrong and yet to be proven by medical personals researching on it.

According to the physician, people are vulnerable to the ailment through discharges and fluids such as semen, sweats, saliva and urine of either the infected person or animals, therefore, they must stop handshaking, kissing and touching the dead.

On precautional measures being taking by NAU to foil the influx of Ebola, the Director averred that sensitisation of students and staffers of the university is ongoing, and proposes for installation of water hand basin and detergents across entrance gates to all the institution of learning in the country so as to quarantine visitors.

Recall that Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a virus infection which kills it victims between 1 to 22 days. It symptoms include nausea, fever, vomiting, diarrhea etc and could be transmitted through direct contact with an affected person via sneezing, handshake, sweating, blood contact, sexual intercourse or through the animal-carriers such as bats, Chimpanzee, monkeys, pigs among others.

The illness has reportedly killed thousands of people in South-Africa, Liberia, Sierra lone, Central Africa Republic and so on, with few cases of affliction and death recoded at Lagos and Kogi States of Nigeria.



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