A consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr Madziga Isa, on Monday advised Nigerians to suspend the eating of roast meat, locally known as Suya, to guard against contracting Ebola virus. Isa, of NNPC Staff Clinic, also said Nigerians should avoid fish and bush meat, as well as wash their hands regularly as a part of precautionary measures against infection. He made the call in Kaduna during a public awareness lecture with the theme “Ebola: Deadly, Untreatable but Preventable,” organized by the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC). The consultant urged the populace to reduce their contacts with people, avoid unsafe sex and dispose of the dead with utmost caution. “Do not use your hands to carry dead animals, make sure you wear gloves or use stick to carry them and always use bleach in your household to disinfect.”
In another contribution, Dr Saleh Sagir, the Manager, Plant Clinic of KRPC said residents must improve on their personal hygiene and environmental sanitation, and to always disinfect their surroundings. Earlier, Dr Idi Mukhtar, KRPC Executive Director, Services, pledged that the company would continue to raise awareness on the deadly ebola virus until a solution was found. He said the lecture was principally organized to raise people’s awareness on the virus and keep them away from “fetish beliefs” that may lead them into other health complications.