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The Lagos State Government has urged the state’s residents to maintain good personal hygiene practices as part of precautionary measures to prevent the re-occurrence of the deadly virus, Ebola, ThisDay reports. This announcement was made after newly confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia last week. The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Modele Osunkiyesi stated that the government continues to enlighten the public to prevent Nigeria from returning to the list of countries affected by the virus. “Although, there has not been any reported case of EVD in the state or the country, there is need for residents to take responsibility for their health. They should observe the highest possible standards of personal and environmental hygiene through regular washing of hands with soap and running water. “Avoiding close contact with people who are sick, ensuring that objects used by the sick are decontaminated and properly disposed and avoid touching or washing of dead bodies if not trained to do so,” she said. She also assured citizens of relevant checks at the state’s ports through the Port Health Service, as well as community surveillance activities in local government areas. These activities are being implemented in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders. Nigerians have been advised to remain calm, knowing that the government is committed to guaranteeing their protection against disease outbreaks. Health workers are also advised to keep observing the universal safety precautions when dealing with patients. Nigeria experienced its first outbreak in 2014 when an infected Liberian man, Patrick Sawyerr, entered the country via the Lagos airport in July. A total of 19 people were infected including seven unfortunate deaths. Early symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, chills, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, sore throat, backache, and arthritis while later symptoms include bleeding from the eyes, ears and nose, bleeding from the mouth and rectum, eye swelling, swelling of the genitals and rashes all over the body that often contains blood. Dr. Osunkiyesi also added also that there is no specific treatment for Ebola disease and that infected persons must be admitted into the hospital for specialised care. Numbers to call for more information on the disease: 08023169485 or 08052817243 (provided by Dr. Osunkiyesi)   Source: ThisDay News  

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This article was first published on 20th July 2015


Ify Halim is a Writer and media enthusiast based in Lagos. She enjoys writing self-help/inspirational articles with published work in UYD Magazine, Edufrica, Our Stories Inc. and The Keele Concourse. She currently works at, Nigeria’s Information Portal. Follow her on Twitter @MissHalim or visit her online space at

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