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Ebola: FG To Begin Use of Hand Gloves, Disinfectant Campaign


The Federal Government has called on the general public to be more conscious and take more precautionary measures to avoid being infected with the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Consequently, Nigerians have been urged to henceforth cultivate habit of using hand sanitizers and wearing of gloves.

In an interview on Wednesday with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Mike Omeri indicated that the agency would begin to sensitize Nigerians on the need to use the hand sanitizers as necessary and precautionary measures to prevent further outbreak of the deadly virus.

Omeri emphasized that NOA would also begin crusade on personal hygiene, use of hand sanitizers and other remedial measures that would control outbreak of the virus in the country, stressing that the public should not be lackadaisical about the measures.

“We are not trying to be make the citizen agitated, where a  citizen will rush to obtain or buy gloves we just want to sensitize the citizen to be personally aware of  what could facilitate the process of contracting the disease,” he noted.

He hinted that the Health Minister, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu was working with the state and local governments so as to ensure that effective public awareness was created in the rural areas.

NOA Chief executive Officer also advised shop owners and operators of recreational centres as well as individuals to imbibe habit of keeping their environment clean at all times to prevent the ravaging virus.

In a related development, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has enjoined Muslim faithful to desist from consuming  staple like monkeys and bush meat so as to avoid being infected with disease.

Sultan Abubakar in a statement by the Secretary-General, Jamatul Nasirullahi Society  Dr. Khalid Abubakar, said the medical experts’ Ebola’ s link to some wild animals and restriction on their consumption was in line with the Islamic provision and position of many Islamic  scholars, which discourage eating of monkeys and certain bush meat.

Sultan who is also the President, Nigeria Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) called on the  Muslims to abide by all health tips for the prevention of EVD, just as he noted theHadith of Prophet admonished that cleanliness is equal to half of faith.



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