By Jasper Azuatalam
The news of the entry of Ebola virus to Nigeria on the 23th of July, 2014, through the late Patrick Sawyer was devastating and scary. The way in which the late Liberian imported the deadly virus and infected some Nigerians, mostly medical workers, leaves much to be desired. We remember that the virus ravaged Liberia and Sierra Leone under one month of the outbreak, but Nigerians showed a lot of courage and commitment that has resulted in cutting back the deadly Ebola virus.
We wish to commend the Ministry of Health and the Minister of Health for their commitment and endeavors that have given good results in curbing the spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria. The Ministry of Health has been outstanding in the fight against Ebola virus. Thus far, we are gratified that the disease has almost been cut short.
We also commend the Lagos State government and the Governor of Lagos State, Gov. Babatunde Fashola, for the effort his government and the medical team in Lagos made to restrict the Ebola virus from spreading to other states in Nigeria. Indeed, it was an effort that yielded positive results and is worth commending.
It is important to acknowledge the collective effort of all Nigerians who helped in enlightening the populace, disseminating information through the social media and print media, and helping to prevent the spread of Ebola virus by personal hygiene.
We sympathize with the families of those that lost their lives while trying to contain the Ebola virus. We will continue to see the likes of Nurse Justine and Dr Stella Adadevoh as well as others who paid the supreme price to contain this Ebola virus as national heroes and heroines. They sacrificed their lives for Nigerians to live. They remained faithful to their sworn professional and national oath. May their souls rest in peace!
We are very optimistic that in a matter of weeks, the effort that the Government and Nigerians have put in this fight will yield the total eradication of the Ebola virus in Nigeria.
This phenomenon has proven that Nigerian citizens stand above board in Africa and that Nigerians are ready to support any good effort from the government to make Nigeria great. We are proud of Nigerians.
Well done Nigerians!
Chairman, Buhari Vanguard
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