Ebola: Nigerian govt conducts animal distribution survey

The Federal Ministry of Environment, has started a survey of the distribution of animals in Abuja, as part of measures to check the spread of Ebola virus.

The Minister of the Environment, Laurentia Mallam, stated this in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by her Press Secretary, Ben Goong.

She said the survey was part of the ministry’s environmental health control measures to curb the spread of the virus.

“We are focusing on fruit bats, which is numerous in many of our urban cities such as Abuja, Lagos, Enugu, to mention but a few, is now our major focus.

“We have started a survey of their distribution in Abuja where we have found a substantial population in Wuse Area, the Three Arms Zone and some areas of Maitama District and Kubwa.

“We have equally commenced a similar survey in other states and towns in order that we may implement a comprehensive exercise.

“We are also in touch with the various states of the federation on the implementation of a massive disinfestations of homes and public places infested with bats, rats and other pests.’’

Ms. Mallam said another area of concern in the spread of the virus was the management of healthcare wastes at various hospitals in the country.

She said in most cases, healthcare wastes were combined with municipal wastes and disposed at open dumps indiscriminately.

“Even where their exposure remains hazardous and perilous, the menace of scavengers in healthcare wastes are indeed harmful and potential sources of spread of Ebola virus.”

The minister also commended the Federal Government for the ban on cross boundary movement of corpses, and stressed the need to protect health workers.

“Environmental officers working directly in areas of danger, and are responsible for sanitation at the quarantine centres, should be adequately equipped.

“We are also planning to provide on-the- spot screening facilities for house-to-house premises inspection by environmental health officers, ’’ Mallam said.

(NAN)


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  • Okey

    I am one such person that insists on holding politicians up to their claimed standard. I am also one who insists that ours should not be of “One Nation, Two Moralities” (apologies to Shaka Momodu). How do I mean ? We seem suddenly to have relapsed into inexplicable amnesia with regard to the political contest for occupation of the office of the Governor of Ekiti State. We seem to have forgotten even our present history in that regard. But I refuse to be duped by by APC media and propaganda machine that Ayo Fayose’s second coming is not one of its kind. Certainly, it is one of its kind.

    Now, let’s for the purpose of argument hold that the allegation against Obanikoro and co. is true, is it not another Ekitigate – the SECOND Ekitigate, properly speaking ? Then, which Ekitigate is the anti-Obanikoro now referring to ? Is it the one that brought in Kayode Fayemi – through the Salamic judgments – which facts were revealed and displayed by Engr. Segun Oni himself and which call logs are there with the relevant GSM service provider and which judgment has remained a dent not only on the image of the judiciary but in the mind of anybody with conscience ? Or, is it the one that brought in Fayose allegedly through Army intervention – the SECOND Ekitigate ?

    Where were these anti-Obanikoro puritans at the time of FIRST Ekitigate ? Should we act only on one and go to sleep on the other ? And which immorality or illegality will they choose to condemn ? Which immorality or illegality will they condone ? Their feign of ignorance on the FIRST Ekitigate whilst running amok on the SECOND presents the highest degree of dishonesty to be associated with decent human beings.

    If there is SECOND Ekitigate (Fayose’s), there IS equally FIRST Ekitigate (Kayode Fayemi’s). We cannot pretend lack of knowledge of the FIRST. To do so is to confirm that our own dishonesty is more grievous and more deleterious to the Nigerian society than that of the participants in the First and Second Ekitigate gates. I insist we must visit both with our “righteous anger.” While we look and listen to tapes of the SECOND, we MUST equally read the call logs and listen to the voices in the FIRST. Otherwise, we are all grand 419ers.

  • udemeobong

    Mark knows how to plan and execute coup as a formaer military personel. He now institutionalised civil coup or civilisation of coup in our system. You must not wear Kaki, that should be in the psychy. That is why I calculated the root of this coup. Read this please, it might be interesting and informing:

    I now know why Obanikoro must become a minister at all cost: You guys still remember EkitiGate Scandal kwo. Fine, He said he was on a “Mission Possible” – apology to Tom Cruse´s “Mission impossible”. So the mission was to rigg the election in Ekiti State with the authority mandated on him from Mr. Jonathan, I don´t call him my president anymore. So the result was positive —-So based on a contractual agreement between JOnathan and Obanikoro, he is to get a ministerial post as reward for his mission. So that is why, in spite of public outcry and the audio tape, Jonathan in his mercies with the help of almighty David Mark appoint him a minister simple. Agreement is agreement. His hands are tied. If not, how can a sane person who calls himself a president of a country with over 170 Millions people would defy all moral justice to allow that to happen knowing fully well that we all are aware of the background info. Besides, he just has few weeks to go and yet look for helper to loot the treasury. The truth is, that we must all bring these people to justice no matter how long it takes. Whether through Buhari Osibanyo or any one else. It must be, otherwise they shall be no change in Nigeira. We have to use them to serve as deterent to anyone who thinks he can eat Niegira cake and still have it again alone. Enough is enough so said Abacha!!!!