This is a wake up call to every Nigerian. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced the outbreak of Ebola disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This announcement was made last Friday. The epidemic, which is currently small, is in remote Bas-Uele province, near the northern border with the Central African Republic. WHO reports that out of nine suspected cases three have died and the six other people have been hospitalized. The worrisome fact is that the first fresh case was reported since April 22. Who knows what has happened since then before WHO declared the outbreak?
This is a wake up call to everybody. Dust your anti-Ebola notebooks and refresh your memory on how to keep safe. Remember those things you used to do, especially washing your hands every time you step out and get back into the house. Beware of panic remedy and salt bath. Be careful with unnecessary contacts. Watchout for unusual symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle pain, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and hemorrhaging can begin two to 21 days after exposure. The disease is not yet in Nigeria but we need to get used to healthy living and playing safe to avoid what happened the last time in 2014.
The Federal Government is already saying there is no cause for alarm by taking measures to prevent any reoccurrence of the outbreak in the country. The Management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has assured Nigerians of adequate surveillance at the nation’s airports. FAAN’s Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday that there was no direct flight from Congo to Nigeria.
Good measures by we all need to wake up and be alert o.