Ebola: Group asks Nigerian government to close borders

Goodluck Jonathan

The International Emergency Management Society, TIEMS, on Friday asked President Goodluck Jonathan to order the closure of all Nigerian borders.

The Chairman, TIEMS, Nigeria/ West Africa, Muhammad Audu-Bida, said isolation of cases should not be the only measure for containing the disease’s spread.

He said it was important that all Nigeria’s land and sea borders, especially the West Coast of Africa, be closed to prevent further influx of the deadly virus.

“It is high time we reconsider our stance as declared by the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro last week that an isolated case is not enough to shut the nation’s borders against its neighbours. Now that the Federal Government has declared an emergency over Ebola disease, we must as a matter of utmost urgency close the borders from countries that are worst affected so as to manage the cases that we have at hand,” Mr. Audu-Bida said.

The Nigerian government has since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Disease outbreak have put checks on all airports across the country but not much have been done to secure the land and sea borders.

Mr. Audu-Bida noted that other countries were already taking extra-ordinary precautions to protect their citizens from the spread of the disease.

He also lamented the wickedness of the late Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who brought the disease into Lagos.

He called on Federal and state governments to make efforts to ensure that designated hospitals for the treatment of the disease were well equipped to prevent spread of the disease to health workers and volunteers.

He also advised Nigerians to heed the warnings being given by government functionaries to protect themselves.

Over 900 people across West Africa have died of the disease, while more than 70 people who have had contact with persons infected by the virus are currently under surveillance in Lagos.

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