Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said that the state government never rejected Ebola treatment drugs or failed to take care of those infected with the disease. In a broadcast yesterday, Fashola stated that the state government was doing everything possible to tackle the Ebola problem and would continue to do its best to ensure that the disease does not spread.
The governor said: ‘This address has become necessary to respond to a series of text messages, e-mails and telephone calls that I have received in order to reiterate some of what you may already know, to share information about what you may not know, and to keep everybody safe. This has become more in the light of allegations that are making the rounds, either that victims are being neglected, or that a useful drug or vaccine is being rejected or that there is a shortage of funds. I wish to state very categorically that none of these is true.’
Saying that Nigeria should never have had the current health challenge, he stated:“What is true is that the Ebola virus did not break out from within Nigeria; it was imported into Nigeria. What is true is that we have followed all the contacts that we know who have had primary and secondary contacts with the patient who imported the virus into our state, or with people who had contact with him. The governor stated that the state’s response to Ebola “is a lot better than when the news first broke,” adding: “Our capacity is increasing daily.”