By Victor Ahiuma-Young
TRADE Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, yesterday, called on the Federal Government, doctors and other health practitioners to take proactive measures towards nipping the Ebola disease in the bud, warning that it would be suicidal to take a care free attitude on it.
TUC in a statement said this became imperative especially now that Nigeria was facing serious security challenges that had been claiming thousands of lives and destruction of property.
The statement signed by President and Secretary General of TUC, Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Musa Lawal, respectively, said “the Congress is more particularly disturbed that the disease broke out again at a time when the health sector is beset by the on-going doctors’ strike.
Surely the Federal Government and the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, need to return quickly to the negotiating table, resolve their differences and end the strike, if only for the sake of curbing the disease and saving multitudes of Nigerians from impending doom.
God alone knows the extent of socio-economic damage and dislocation the disease might cause the nation if we permit it to linger.
“All hands must be on deck to wipe out the disease. The health and information ministries must do the needful to create sufficient awareness about the danger that the disease represents and the measures by which its spread can be halted.
The hospitals and health centres must be well supplied with relevant facilities to quarantine and attend to ebola patients.
And there should be a network amongst them and other public and private stakeholder agencies to facilitate prompt information sharing and dissemination on the disease.”
TUC noted that “every Nigerian, male and female, old and young, city dweller and rural dweller, must be reached with the kick-out-ebola campaign.”