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Published On: Thu, Dec 11th, 2014

Ebola: Bauchi monarchs evolve agenda to contain virus

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Ebola-VirusFrom Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

The Bauchi State Council of Emirs has evolved a four point resolution aimed at supporting relevant stakeholders to enlighten the people at the grass root on Ebola disease.

The resolutions were reached at a meeting between the council and UNICEF’s ‘D’ Office, in Bauchi.

Some of the resolutions include, embarking on community awareness campaigns, supervising community compliance to best practices as means of containing the disease as well as encouraging religious and community

leaders to disseminate correct information to the grassroots on the disease.

Also, the council has agreed that district and village heads should embark on intensive campaigns in their respective areas on the disease.

Speaking at a forum, organized by UNICEF, at the Bauchi emirs’ palace, the Emir, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, assured the readiness of traditional rulers in the state to support the stakeholders on the fight against Ebola and other deadly disease.

Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu used the forum to commend Bauchi state government for its numerous support to the health sector through the renovation, construction and upgrading of health centres across the state.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Emir of Dass Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu Othman, said just as the fight against polio was successful through the support of traditional rulers; the fight against Ebola will succeed.

He commended the federal government for successfully flushing out the deadly virus from the country and called on the public to maintain personal hygiene and environmental sanitation in the respective areas.

Also speaking, the state commissioner of health Dr Sani Abubakar Malami, said the state government had done a lot in fighting the spread of Ebola disease.

Dr. Malami, who was represented by Dr. Sambo Mohammed Alkali, said Bayara and Azare General Hospitals were designated as isolation centres by the state government to contain the disease.

Also speaking, the Chief Field Office of UNICEF in charge of Bauchi, Dr Abdullahi Kaikai, said Unicef decided tooin hands with traditional rulers in view of their closeness to the people particularly the grassroots.

Dr. Kaikai commended the state government for the measures earlier taken to stop the deadly Ebola virus from coming into the state, and called on the people of the state to observe environmental and personal hygiene in order to prevent themselves from diseases.


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