Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, Tuesday, 26th August, 2014, met with traditional rulers in the state in continuation of his administration’s campaign to sensitize residents on the Ebola Virus Disease, the need to be security conscious and to participate in the on-going Lagos State Residents Registration exercise.
Addressing the monarchs, consisting of members of the Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs, led by its Chairman and Oba of Lagos, HRM Oba Rilwan Babatunde Akiolu 1, Governor Fashola said the meeting was informed by the determination to reach residents, especially at the grassroots, on the need for good health habits to prevent spread of Ebola Virus, security consciousness to forestall any infiltration by criminals and participation in the on-going residents registration which would help in the collation of essential data for crime investigation and other beneficial purposes.
The Governor, who reiterated that the virus was imported into the country from Liberia, pointed out that there is now evidence that although the disease has no known cure yet, infection does not mean automatic death sentence adding that as long as people maintain hygienic habits, the tendency to contact the virus was remote.
Such hygienic habits, the Governor said, include: regular washing of hands, especially after using the conveniences and not urinating or defecating in open places, among others adding that anyone observed to manifest any or all of the symptoms must be taken to the hospital for diagnoses and necessary treatment.
He listed some of the symptoms of the disease to include coughing, fever and vomiting, adding, “If anyone has tested positive with such ailment, he or she will now be placed under intensive monitoring and observed for 21 days”.
He stressed that reporting cases of any of the symptoms promptly to the appropriate authorities was also expedient to the survival of a victim.
On the update of the Ebola virus patients in the state, Governor Fashola, who put the number of patients at 14, including the Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, said five deaths have been reported and seven cases were treated and have been discharged, while the remaining two, with one being a suspected case, were being treated at the Isolation Ward of Mainland Hospital, Yaba.
Imploring the monarchs to assist in the sensitization exercise in their various domains, the Governor said 81 people who had contact with all those who had the virus have already been taken care of, monitored and had, however, tested negative.
“I now need to implore you all that you should help us sensitize our people to wash their hands regularly and also use bleach to wash their floor from time to time”, the Governor said asking residents to also desist from bathing with salt water “because it is not ideal”.
He also directed Lagosians to ensure that they call the Ebola help lines so that anyone they might suspect of having any trace of Ebola virus would be brought out on time so that the disease would be effectively contained.
On security, Governor Fashola, who noted that a lot of information has been in the air about all sorts of insecurity in another part of the country, called for security consciousness in all parts of the State, adding, “if we observe any strange faces around us we should approach such people and ask questions so as to know who they are and where they were coming from”.
He also urged the rulers to assist government to inform people in their various domains to go to the various registration centres across the state to register adding that the data from the exercise would help to detect anyone who might have committed any criminal acts in the state through the data he or she gave.
“Also ensure that all those that work with you, drivers, cooks, maids and other staff provide their necessary data base”, Governor Fashola urged them adding, “We are now talking about Education and Health and it is with the help of LASRRA that our government can provide all these facilities and also plan for the number of people in Lagos State”.
Thanking the traditional rulers for their readiness to answer whenever the government calls, Governor Fashola implored them to help sensitize their people and their loved ones to register with LASRRA reiterating that “The LASRRA number will now be very important in any form of documentations we do in our state”.
He noted that in the absence of a reliable national data base, it became expedient for the state government to come up with the idea of the Lagos State Resident Registration Agency (LASRRA).
Also present at the meeting were some members of the state Executive Council including the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Ademorin Kuye; other members of the State Council of Obas and Chiefs as well as other top government functionaries.