Ebola: Nigeria to train morticians

Ebola patients receiving treatment
Ebola patients receiving treatment

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chuwku, on Monday in Abuja said the Federal government will start training morticians on handling corpses.

Speaking at an emergency meeting of the National Council on Health on Ebola, Mr. Chuwku said it has become necessary to train the morticians on handling and management of dead bodies due to the recent outbreak of the disease in Nigeria.

A Liberian- American, Patrick Sawyer, evaded quarantine in Monrovia after his sister died of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease. Mr. Sawyer, who came into Nigeria through a Lagos bound airline, died on July 24 at First Consultant Hospital, Obalende, Lagos.

Also, an unnamed Nigerian nurse who attended to Mr. Sawyer has since died of the disease while eight others have tested positive. Another 177 primary and secondary contacts of the index case have been isolated.

Mr. Chukwu said the Liberian died, leaving a national health emergency in Nigeria.

He also said the Federal Government sensitise transport workers on Tuesday on the need to educate and publicize the importance of the disease containment.

“Tomorrow, we are going to address the Association of Road Transport Owners and the Association of Road Transport Workers. Epidemic is the primary responsibility of the Federal Government but must be done with the help of state governments and everybody,” Mr. Chukwu said.

He said that at present, laboratory diagnosis of EVD can be carry out at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LUTH; Redeemer’s University laboratory; University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan; and Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Asokoro, Abuja.

While addressing state commissioners of health, Mr. Chukwu said all hands must be on deck to contain the spread of the virus to other parts of Nigeria.

“Epidemic is primarily a responsibility of the Federal Government but must be done with the help of the state governments and everybody. This is a global emergency, every individual every nation is at risk,” he said.

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