In an effort to contain the spread of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the federal government through its agency, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), weekend, began what it called a National Sensitisation Campaign on the virus and its consequences on humans with its first shot in Akokwa, Ideato North Local Council of Imo State, where sensitisation campaign for Imo State was held.
Director General of the agency, who is also the National Coordinator of Information Centre, Mike Omeri, accompanied by the Imo State Director of the agency, Mr. Vitus Ekeocha, a Deputy Director, Department of the Security Service (DSS), Mr. Steve Ajede, the Special Adviser to Governor Rochas Okorocha on Security Matters, Okey Okorocha, a guest lecturer, Public Health and lecturer at the Federal University, Owerri, Prof. Iyke Dozie, among other officials of NOA, the event was held with several Imo citizens in the rural areas attending.
The state government also disclosed that it has set aside a quarantine centre in case of a possible case or cases of the EVD in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Edward Ihejirika, who spoke with journalists in Owerri, said the centre was located in a serene environment in the outskirts of Owerri, urging people not to panic.
Omeri, addressing his audience reiterated the commitment of the federal government to contain the imported disease by the index case, an American-Liberian and staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the late Patrick Sawyer.
He appealed to the people to adhere strictly on personal hygiene, adding that President Goodluck Jonathan was worried about the health of Nigerians, leading to the injection of more funds and health measures to ensure there was no single case anymore in the country.
The NOA DG urged Nigerians to wash their hands regularly, apply sanitisers, report suspected cases through the dedicated lines, while doctors and health workers should take serious international protocol and measures in treatment of identified cases, adding that there was need for people to guard against malaria, cholera among others.
Speaking on the part of security measures, Ajege stated the preparedness of the federal government to secure all lives in the country.
Prof. Dozie in his lecture, stressed the causes, symptoms and measures to adopt in fighting the spread of the EVD, urging all stakeholders to comply.
Okey Okorocha, speaking for the state government, noted the measures put in place by the Imo State government since the first case was recorded in the country, urging that stringent applications would be maintained in the fight.
Okorocha said the NOA in the state, just as it has always done, would consistently sensitise the people of the state on the EVD. Sanitisers and health tools were distributed at the campaign.