Osun State Government has inaugurated five committees to sensitise the public and deliberate on ways of tackling the dreaded Ebola Virus. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Temitope Ilori, said the inauguration of the committees was to make the dreaded Ebola Virus a thing of the past in the state. While stressing that the state is safe, Mrs. Ilori said that the committees have swung into action immediately. Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director, Ladoke Akintola Univeristy of Technology (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Professor Olufemi Fadiora, has recommended frequent washing of hands as a way of preventing Ebola disease. She said “the five committees are Medical, Information and Environment, Forestry, Education and Women Advocacy Committees.

She further stressed that each committee would play the role of sensitization in order to ensure quality and preventive control of the Ebola Virus in the state. Professor Fadiora also stated that avoiding bush meat and personal contact with those infected with Ebola virus are necessary precaution against the deadly virus. The medical expert in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Mr. Ayodele Adeyemo, said measures should be taken to avoid the spread of the disease to Osun and other states of the country, where the disease has not been reported. Also, he advised the public to be careful with what they eat, especially things that have been identified as vectors of Ebola virus disease.

Fadiora revealed that Ebola virus infection has become pandemic and could spread through handling of the vectors of the virus. She listed some of the vectors of Ebola virus to include chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelopes and porcupines. She also said Ebola virus spread rapidly through human transmission from direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs and other bodily fluids like blood, saliva, semen, vomit and urine among others. She urged the public to watch out for the symptoms of the deadly virus, which he said include headache, fever, rash, diarrhoea, bleeding and sore throat among others. Fadiora advised that reports of the symptoms should be made immediately to the hospital when the symptoms are noticed.

She therefore appealed to the striking medical doctors to sheathe their sword and call off their nationwide strike because of the national emergency.

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