From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
As the dreaded Ebola virus takes its toll and creating fears among worshippers in Kaduna state, some people are taking precautionary measures, by rejecting to take Holy Communion and make the signs of peace on their foreheads, at the same time consumers of traditional herbs have stopped patronising its hawkers.
Investigation by this reporter reveals that some of the worshippers were obeying the recent call from the headquarters of their Church, which prohibits the giving of Holy Communion and the sign of peace till further notice.
At the Catholic Church in the centre of the town, the worshippers ignored the call by the officiating priest to come out for the Holy Communion. One of the worshippers, Lydia Benson, said she refused to take the Holy Communion because she was told that it has been suspended because of the Ebola pandemic.
Similarly, Martha Audu, who attends another Church along Angwa Boro, in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state, said she stopped taking Holy Communion from Monday, because she was told that it has been suspended, even though she has not been able to ascertain the authenticity of the information. But, in her words, prevention is better than cure.
The Ebola virus is also creating panick among consumers of herbal medicine, as many of them have started questioning the hygienic standard of the production of such herbs.
A hawker, who simply identified herself as Morenike Adeoti, told this reporter that she has for long been selling traditional herbs, popularly called ‘agbo’, to a mechanic village along Isa Kaita road, in Kaduna-North local government area of the state, but for the past week her customers have shied away from her without giving any genuine reason. But she said she suspected the down-turn may not be unconnected with the Ebola virus.
A panel-beater, working in the mechanic village, Tunde Abdul, who said for long he has been taking the herbs for energy and fever, said he had to stop because of the Ebola virus. According to him, the hawkers use the same cup to serve everybody and only use water to wash it adding that he is very concerned about his health, saying that it is better for him to be a mechanic and earn little money than to be a quarantined as an Ebola patient.