Health society seeks sustained WHO partnership over Ebola

Ebola patient being attended to during the last outbreak

The Parasitology and Public Health Society of Nigeria has called on the Federal Government to sustain partnership with the World Health Organisation, WHO, in the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria and the West African sub-region.

The society said this in a communique issued at the end of its 37th and 38th Annual Conference and General Business Meeting held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State.

Signed by the body’s Editor-In-Chief, Sam Wobo, the communique also noted Nigerians were afflicted with a number of parastic/infectious diseases which do not catch the headlines like the dreaded Ebola virus. It said the diseases were often neglected because they afflicted the very poor and their signs and symptoms were not as severe as Ebola.

The meeting appealed to the attendees to educate their communities on safety precautions, in particular, the importance of hygiene to contain Ebola and other infectious diseases.

The communique also advised that the Centre for Disease Control, CDC, and other development agencies should not be left out in the containment of the diseases.

It re-emphasised the critical roles of African institutions, as key drivers in the control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTD, through advocacy, partnership/collaborations, capacity building and adequate funding.

The conference also agreed on the sustenance of operational research with community participation as a major tool/strategy in the control/elimination of parasitic and other infectious diseases based on the inspiring example of river blindness control in Africa; the urgent need for qualitative studies on the impacts of human migration on the prevalence and persistence of parasitic and other infectious diseases in Africa.

The conference attracted over 347 participants, while a total of 242 scientific papers were published in the conference books of abstract and over 70 per cent presented at the oral and poster sessions.

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