As I walked towards census market in the surulere region on that beautiful afternoon with the intention to notify the market women that our team is coming to sensitize them about the deadly flu EBOLA and preventive measures to take in order to guide against this flu, I was filled with excitement because as a microbiologist I know Ebola is a severe acute viral illness that can have a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is characterized by sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache, nausea ,sore throat and off course can be followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, impaired kidney and liver function and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Patients are frequently dehydrated and require oral rehydration with solutions containing electrolytes, or intravenous fluids ….. But in spite of all these information I have about the virus I was not ready to create FEAR as I notify them about the intention of the team…
The most amazing gist is that these women were so welcoming! My first point of contact was with iya ele du (she sell’s charcoal for a living) after I made the intention of the team known to her she was filled with joy and appreciation and said to me she was taking me straight to iya oloja and the baba oloja of the market (officials in charge) and am sure you can guess the rest of the story……
The amazing gist here is the receptiveness of these women……you can see they are hungry for information that will help them lead a better life…As I watched their intense eyes and attention as they listened to the talk , I realized again and again that Every Woman Is Beautiful. If they are exposed to the right information and empowerment their potential of becoming a good role model to the Nigerian child will keep moving higher and higher and higher! And together we all can help build a better and peaceful community……
It is to this end that I will say to every woman out there to look out for that woman living close to you who want ‘s to become a better person …..Help her, Support her, Feed her with necessary information that will help her and then watch her grow and evolve into that much more beautiful woman you want to see in her….
And by the way The Health Minister Has Declared Nigeria Ebola –Free country! All glory to God.
(I got this gist from surfing the net !)
Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu told the Federal Executive Council that there is “no single case of Ebola” in the nation. He gave the positive report while briefing reporters on the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak containment at the end of the Federal Executive Council Meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday.
According to him, the suspected case from Ife has been declared Ebola free while the South African woman, who was also quarantined, had no case of Ebola and has been moved to her country. The Minister also said that in all, the total number of contacts was 363. Of this number, four are in Lagos while the rest are in Rivers State.
He said that the total number of cases discharged from surveillance since the importation of the disease into Nigeria was 517 monitored without any problems.
Enjoy a blissful week dearest !