Rivers State Deputy Governor, Engr. Tele Ikuru, says every member of the society should return to the age-long principles of maintaining proper hygiene in and around the home, workplace, and recreational areas with a view to halting the spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease.
Engr. Ikuru said this on Tuesday during a Talkshop facilitated by his wife, Dr Mina Ikuru, for staff of his Office in Government House, Port Harcourt.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary in his Office, Evangelist Edmund Oloko, the Deputy Governor stated that “Ebola came to awaken us to become alive to some habits that we have forgotten like washing of hands, keeping our environment clean, maintaining good hygienic habits, and all that.
If from today we begin to do that chances are that Ebola will never come near us and just as God has promised us, the diseases of the Egyptians and the diseases of the times will never come near our dwelling in Jesus name”.
He disclosed that “vital facilities have been provided. We have the infrared thermometer, and we’re going to keep them at strategic points,” charging his staff and everyone else that “from today let us begin to keep to those good hygienic habits that will reduce the chances of one contacting this disease”.
The State Number Two citizen thanked the resource person, Dr Vincent Wachukwu, for coming and his intelligent and matured handling of the Talkshop, noting that “we are better informed today, we are better educated, we are better enlightened on this dreadful Ebola virus disease”.
Delivering his lecture at the event, the resource person, who is also a medical doctor serving at the General Hospital, Abua, in Abua/Odual Local Government Area of the State, Dr Vincent Wachukwu, informed his audience about the reality of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the State, explaining that to avoid being infected with the virus people should maintain good hygienic habits.
He advocated the use of hand sanitizers both individually and in public places like working environment, recreational facilities, medical facilities, and every other place where people gather, stressing that the support of every member of the society is critical to efforts aimed at halting the spread of the disease.