The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) yesterday in Enugu asked doctors and other health workers not to rest on their oars in the war against the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) despite the certification of Nigeria as Ebola free by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Chairman of the NMA in Enugu, Dr George Ugwu gave the charge during the association’s 2014 Physician’s Week with the theme “Victory against Ebola in Nigeria: Lessons Leant and other applications” held at the Toscana hotels, Enugu.
Dr Ugwu observed that since the disease was still ravaging other neighbouring African nations, it was imperative for health workers, who were usually the first line of victims, to be on guard, while the rest of Nigerians should maintain the standard healthy hygiene.
“The theme of this year’s celebration reminds us of that while we thank God that Nigeria won the war against Ebola, we should not just go and relax. Our hands should therefore be on deck to ensure that the lessons learnt are utilised to prevent further entry of Ebola into the country,” he noted.
Also speaking the Commissioner for Health, Enugu state, Dr George Eze said in as much as it was necessary for the people to be on guard, he was optimistic that the dreaded disease had been permanently stamped out of the state and country at large.
“I can tell you clearly that Ebola was surgically removed from the state within 6 hours of its entry into the state. All the necessary steps had been taken by the state government with support from Governor Sullivan Chime to ensure that health facilities and health personnel were put in proper shape in order not to have problem of Ebola here again,” he said.
On her part, the chairman of the occasion and a senior director with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, (UNTH), Prof Ifeoma Okoye stressed the need for medical practitioners to engage in recertification training programmes and examinations in order to effectively grapple with unfolding realities.
Prof Okoye observed that the EVD came with an unusual dimension in the medical world, noting that medical professionals need to equally get themselves acquainted with modern realities in order not to be caught napping no matter the prevailing circumstance.
Source: This Day