Wednesday, 17 September 2014

340 Cases Under Surveillance in Rivers State for Ebola

Sampson Parker, The Rivers Commissioner for Health, on Wednesday said there were 340 Ebola Virus disease (EVD) cases under surveillance in the state.

He said this during Sensitization workshop at Ogu, in Ogu/Bolo local government area.

This brought in deliberation whether to reopen primary and secondary schools because of the situation.
It's a big challenge that government need to consider soon, if these schools are going to reopen or not but he added that government is not in any hurry to reopen primary and secondary schools.

Government would announce a date for re-opening of public schools after assessing the situation in the next few weeks to ensure the safety of children.

Conscious sanitization of hands can go a long way in preventing Ebola Virus disease,With regard to this,Parker urged them to always wash their hands with soap and water.

“We want schools to reopen as soon as possible, but we are still assessing the situation before we can do anything,’’ he added.

He called on the people to always report cases of deaths and stop the habit of burying dead bodies in a hurry.

The commissioner urged people of the area to alert local government disease surveillance officers as soon as there were cases of deaths.

“As a matter of fact, every death must be reported to local government health officials before anybody can touch it,’’ said Parker.

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