By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Concerned about the need to checkmate the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to Osun state, the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH) chapter, Osogbo, on Wednesday, 20th August, 2014, urged the state government to postpone this year’s celebration of Osun Osogbo festival slated to hold on Friday, 22nd August, 2014.
The group stressed that the appeal had become imperative to safeguard the lives of residents in the state, pointing out that convergence of crowd, who usually throng Osun groove for the festival may serve as catalyst for the contagious disease.
In a release signed by the chairman of MDCAN, Dr R. Adebayo and the secretary, Dr. Olajumoke, the group contended that the need for the postponement of Osun Osogbo festival should not be treated with levity in the overall interest of the people.
According to the release, “our association has set up a plan to ensure that LAUTECH is not caught unaware by the challenges of Ebola disease”, adding that proactive measures should be explored to ward off the virus from Osun State.
It also tasked political, religious leaders, spiritual healing centres, families, association and other bodies to discourage gatherings and activities that could promote close contact with infected persons.
It would be recalled that the state government had ordered celebration of the festival in a low key through restrictions of people from other states to the festival to avoid the spread of the deadly disease.