Residents of Nanti village, a bustling riverine community around Snake Island came out in their hundreds to participate in the Ebola awareness campaign which took place in their community recently.
The campaign, which was sponsored by the Nigerian Red Cross Organisation (Apapa division) and Lambouginni, a Nigerian Rap-Artiste, with support from Jevinik Restaurant, was organised to create awareness on the Ebola Virus Disease as well as the need to prevent it from affecting rural and riverine communities in Lagos.
Speakers at the event, using both English and yoruba languages, explained the fundamentals of the rare but deadly disease called Ebola to the villagers, including it's spread, symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention.
The highly enthusiastic and appreciative villagers were also trained on how to wash their hands effectively, using detergents provided by the organisers. At the end of the training session, severel bottles of hand sanitisers were distributed to the villagers.
According to Emmanuel Adomeh of the Nigerian Red Cross, Nanti and other riverine communities on the snake Island have been selected for this phase of awareness because of "the possible epidemic dimensions Ebola may assume if it gets to these communities, seeing that the virus thrives very well in water."
"Noticing that the only health centre here is yet to be commissioned and the population here is huge, the people are prone to water-borne diseases hence the need for them to be sensitised on Ebola this early," Adomeh added.
Rap Artiste, Lambouginni on his part called on all stakeholders to "join hands with the government and fight the Ebola scourge to a point of total elimination from Nigeria."
He revealed that his latest single titled "Broken" very much conveys this message hence the need for him and co-artiste, Clay to practice what they preach by supporting and participating in this Ebola sensitisation campaign.
|Responding on behalf of the community, Chief Oyewole Iwalokun, the Baale of the Nanti Village, Snake Island, thanked the organisers for bringing the sensitisation campaign to their shores as the community was hitherto left in the dark on the scourge of Ebola and how to prevent it.|
|Chief Oyewole Iwalokun|