The deadly virus that has taken the lives of over hundreds of people across Central and West Africa has been announced to have reached Ghana as at yesterday. As we all know Ghana and Nigeria are sister countries with lots of Nigerians trooping in and out of Ghana every other day and vice-versa, we certainly need to take guard of the deadly fluid related disease.
With a total of 10 deaths recorded in Liberia, sadly the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that it expects the disease to continue in West Africa for the next few months.
Ebola is believed to be spread through physical contact or contact with fluid of infected persons and it has no cure preventative vaccines. The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, however, disclosed that no case of the disease has been reported in Nigeria:
Like you pointed out, Ebola has been moving eastward towards Nigeria. We are already facing danger from Central African Republic, even with what is happening in Congo; people are also migrating to Chad and Cameroon are also in our borders. So Nigeria is in danger.
The minister said the he federal government will now do more to educate Nigerians on the Ebola virus, through leaflets and jingles to be produced in various languages and aired on Radio, TV and newspaper adverts. The disease that was discovered 40 years ago is now seen as the most challenging outbreak in West Africa.
Here are a few tips to help every Nigerian protect themselves from the Ebola disease:
1. Wash your hands frequently
2. Get a hand sanitizer for people to use in your office and educate them on the importance of the sanitizers.
3. Get one for your kids to use in school frequently and if possible for their class.
3b. Be careful with hands on when using railings on the stairs, door knobs and other utilities used by the public.
4. Avoid bush meat or any meat you are not sure of its source.
5. Watch out for people with flu-like symptoms such as fever and malaria.