A Non-Governmental Organisation, Omooba Segun Adewale Foundation, has called on the Ogun State Government to be proactive towards preventing possible outbreak of Ebola virus in the state, considering the closeness of the state to Lagos and some neighbouring West African countries.
Two people have died of Ebola in Lagos with at least five others tested positive of the virus.
The President of the Foundation, Segun Adewale, made the call on Thursday at a press conference held at Iwe-Iroyin Press Centre, Abeokuta.
“Yewa/Awori in Ogun State is also bordered by Benin Republic and Cotonou which makes Ogun State more at risk from influx of foreigners through her borders. There is need by our government in Ogun State to be on high alert for EVD breakout,” he noted.
Mr. Adewale, who doubles as President of Yewa/Awori Engagement Strategy Initiatives, also noted the porous border of the state. He said Ogun State is a major gateway to Nigeria, hence, the need to rise against the risk of importation of the killer disease into the country
“Ignorance is the Chief Carrier of the Ebola Virus. Ogun State cannot afford to be retroactive when the entire community is at risk. I am appealing to the Ogun state government to form an emergency action committee from all its agencies and to include community leadership/NGO’s to proactively manage the probability of an EVD breakout,” he said.
The foundation also called on the state government to urgently create two isolation units as a precautionary measure, explaining that one of such units should be for the infected and one for suspected cases. It also called for more awareness programmes by the government.
‘We simply cannot allow the people of Ogun state to be subject and exposed to the most deadly and devastating virus outbreak in the history of the world. Preparatory action by the government of Ogun State is now! Because prevention is better than cure,” Mr. Adewale stated.