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Bayelsa sets up task force on Ebola

By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa— As fear of the Ebola virus disease heightens across the country, Bayelsa State Government has set up a task force to ensure proper management of the virus, if it finds its way to the state. It is headed by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ayibatonye Owei.

The government, it was learnt, might settle for Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, and the Niger Delta University Teaching Hospital, Okolobiri, as Ebola isolation centres.
Speaking yesterday in Yenagoa, Dr. Owei said designated centres would be established in Yenagoa, the state capital and the eight local government areas to monitor and treat cases, if confirmed.

He said public enlightenment campaigns about the dreaded disease were on and would be stepped up to ensure it gets to all parts of the state.
Owei called on the general public to be vigilant and report any suspected case to the Ministry of Health or call the following hot lines: 09033148929, 09033107050, 07010008755.

He urged Bayelsans to observe simple personal hygiene such as washing their hands whenever they visit public places where they have body contact with people.


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