Ebola: Lagos to deploy health workers to Sierra Leone

Former Governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola

The Lagos State Government on Sunday said it was finalising arrangements to deploy some health workers who helped in the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the state to Sierra Leone.

The Governor, Babatunde Fashola, made the announcement in Ikeja while speaking at a programme to commemorate the 2,700 days of his administration in office.

The governor said the health workers were to replicate the state’s containment strategies in Sierra-Leone.

Mr. Fashola said although Nigeria was, as of now, free from the disease, there was still the risk of new infections from cross-border movements.

He, therefore, said the state’s planned mission to Sierra Leone was not only to assist the country to overcome the great health challenge, but also reduce the risk of the disease to countries within the sub-region.

Sierra Leone accounts for a substantial number of the over 4,000 global Ebola deaths.

“Lagos is free from Ebola, Nigeria is free from Ebola. But that does not mean there cannot be another case. For as long as people are moving from countries to countries, the risk of infections is still there,” Mr. Fashola said.

“That is why I appeal to the Federal Government to continue to scrutinise people travelling into Nigeria from land, sea and air from regions where the problem is still ravaging.

“That is why some of the things the commissioner for health will be announcing very soon is the arrangements we are making to send some of our health workers and volunteers to go and help out in Sierra Leone.

“That is the only way we, the whole of Africa and the World can be safe.”

The governor expressed optimism that EVD, just like other infectious diseases like Cholera that had once ravaged humanity without remedy, would soon get a cure.

He said Nigerians needed not live in fear of the disease coming back into the country but urged them to take precautions that would guard against new infections in the country.

Mr. Fashola said the state government had taken a number of initiatives to prevent a return of Ebola in the state.

Some of the strategies, according to him, include the deployment of screening equipment to schools and hospitals and the construction of sanitary facilities in schools.

Others are training and retraining of personnel on infectious diseases diagnosis and the sensitisation of residents on how to be safe from the problem.

Mr. Fashola also announced that he had appointed Dr Oluwakemi Sekoni his Scientific Adviser as a move to enhance better response to Ebola disease and other infectious ailments.

The governor said the responsibilities of the new adviser would include providing public information about infectious diseases for effective response.

Others are actions and co-ordinating science-based research on food sufficiency, air pollution and helping in all other things that were likely to improve the general wellbeing of Lagos residents.

“Today, I am announcing the appointment of Dr. Oluwakemi Sekoni as my Chief Scientific Adviser. She would be presented at a formal induction ceremony shortly,” he said.

Reeling out some of his achievements in the last 100 days, Mr. Fashola said the Mainland Power Plant which would supply interrupted power to government facilities in mainland area was completed within the period.

He said the government also inaugurated a Power Academy that would train people on all aspects of electricity generation, distribution and transmission and help improve the power sector.

Mr. Fashola said the government also trained no fewer than 3,000 farmers on various aspects of agriculture and supported them with items to support their businesses.

He said work was speeded up at the 70-gallon Adiyan Water Works to improve water supply in the state. (NAN)


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  • Nigeria should be able to provide free medical services for the poor, but those “anointed of the Lord”
    won’t account for $20 Billion (dollars) AND MORE that simply disappears.

    A major problem in Nigeria is LYING Pastors and they are bad examples to the country.
    Men of God (e.g., Adeboye) LIE to Nigerians all-day-long and that contributes to CORRUPTION
    in Nigeria because many so-called “Christians” are receiving LIES as their foundation.

    • Mike udi

      It is better to inherit lies than terrorism. U brother whom Mohammed had infected with terrorism re upping their game . Ur app wing of terror( boko haram) swim nd believe the most disorganised religious book in any planet.

      • Church Leaders will be punished more severely than Muslims and other non-Christians
        because Muslims and non-Christians don’t have the truth but Christians have the truth
        (in the Jewish Scripture: Old and New Testament) and therefore will be held to that
        HIGHER STANDARD and Judgment for all the deceit and PERVERSION OF TRUTH Pastors
        have propagated by which many “Christians” are now headed for the Wrath of God
        but have been deceived by their LYING Pastors, thinking they are going to Heaven.

        In Luke 12:47-48, Jesus said: “(the) servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself
        or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But whoever did not know,
        yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom
        much is given, from him much will be required, and to whom much has been committed,
        of him they will ask the more.”

  • @Amuwospeaks

    Yet the FG still claim the glory for the fight against Ebola

    • Mike udi

      Wonder what planet u people with unreadable criticism Nd underserved praise re from. Lagos has now become a country in a country that takes such high risk international task just becos of politics or international recognition.
      Hope him aim to redicule PDP Fg will not create mess for nigeria Nd nigerians in the nearest future. If FG had tried to send health practitioners to ebola high risk country before WHO declare us ebola free most dummies wud Ve hanged Fg in the air for such subjection.
      Nigerians I hail you oooooo

  • femi

    please leave ebola alone the fear of ebola is the wisdom of mankind people have already died why send people out there again

  • Tawandah incommunicado

    Fashola Must make sure he does not play dangerous APC politics with the health and safety of Nigerians. Any deployment must not be unilateral,the Federal Ministry of Health must approve it and supervise such deployment.
    The APC knows no bounds,it plays politics with terrorism and Ebola virus epidemic…….very poignant policies like these has led to the repugnant disposition and contempt held by most Nigerians for that extremist political organisation !!

  • Buhari is a Jihadist

    Sharia virus is worst than Ebola virus. The next thing is to declare Nigeria Sharia-free country.

  • Erhumu

    Fashola should pay his Doctors their withheld 2 months salaries and stop all this holier than though attitude.

    • West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.
      Why have West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
      (e.g., Adeboye and TBJ) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?