Ebola Outbreak: Medical Experts Differ Over Nigeria And Congo Football Match

Published 1 year ago by: CLARA JANCITA
at 25-05-2018 10:49AM (1 year ago)

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Medical experts have differed over the forthcoming football match between Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As Nigerian football fans warm up to watch live friendly football match between Super Eagles and the football team from the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Nigerian medical doctors have expressed divergent views over the match following the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the central African country.While some say, there is no cause for alarm, some of the doctors called for stringent precautionary measures to avoid the mistake of the past.

 In the views of a professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Prof. Olufemi Fasamade said there is no cause for alarm as the likelihood of bringing the virus to country was low.
 
According to Fasamade, Ebola is a condition easily suspected and vigilant port health authorities can screen and isolate ill people at the ports. He explained that at risk people can also be identified by simply administering a questionnaire too.
 “So there should be no panic or fear. Ebola is endemic in that country like Lassa fever is endemic in ours and Zika fever in others, he explained.
 
However, expressing divergent views, the Chairman Medical Guild, Dr Saheed Babajide who urged the Federal government to demand for the  health status of the team and also authentic the report here in Nigeria before the team is allowed into the country.
 
According to Saheed, it would be disastrous if Nigeria should repeat the mistake of the past.
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“Even after authenticating the results, as the team is landing at the airport, there should be comprehensive screening of the team again.  The government should look beyond the diplomatic problem, but consider the risk that will come out of it if anyone of them is infected and a single Nigeria contract it.

“If it were in developed countries like the United State they will not even allow them to come but because we are Africans, in the spirit of oneness, we should test all of them before the commencement of the match.”

 
He further lamented that even in the health facilities Nigeria was not proactive in terms of prevention.
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“What is on ground? By now, with the 2014 experience, Nigeria would have build Infectious disease hospitals at least in all the six geopolitical zones.  But we are waiting for it to happen first.

“When you go to different public hospitals, all the precautionary measures are not available in the hospitals. We should have free running tap water, disposable cloves, face masks, needles and other consumables but these things are not available. Government at all level should sit down and map out strategies on how to prevent Ebola or any other infectious disease by making sure the borders and hospitals are safe.”



ruthie at 25-05-2018 11:20AM (1 year ago)
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if i hear say Ebola reach  NAIJA...THE KIND CURSE I GO GIVE UNA EHEN....
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chukkychukky at 25-05-2018 11:42AM (1 year ago)
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seen but make una wear coverall with handgloves use play d match

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officynero at 25-05-2018 11:44AM (1 year ago)
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Yeye
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Mashbol at 25-05-2018 12:03PM (1 year ago)
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Suspend the match I beg.
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slimber at 25-05-2018 02:20PM (1 year ago)
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Nigerians should stay away from Congo people that country is very dangerous with different diseases.
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fineboy77 at 25-05-2018 02:56PM (1 year ago)
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Quote from: slimber on 25-05-2018 02:20PM
Nigerians should stay away from Congo people that country is very dangerous with different diseases.
Too rude a thing to say,they are humans,and will rather prefer a helping hand to utter dejection!!

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pitav at 25-05-2018 04:39PM (1 year ago)
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Quote from: fineboy77 on 25-05-2018 02:56PM
Too rude a thing to say,they are humans,and will rather prefer a helping hand to utter dejection!!

PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. CHARITY THEY SAY BEGINS AT HOME. LOVE OTHERS AS YOU LOVE URSELVE I.E. THE YARDSTICK TO MEASURE UR LOVE 4 OTHERS SHOULD BE THE LOVE U HAVE 4 URSELF. YOU CAN'T GIVE OUT WHAT YOU DON'T HAVE.
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fineboy77 at 25-05-2018 05:22PM (1 year ago)
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Quote from: pitav on 25-05-2018 04:39PM
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. CHARITY THEY SAY BEGINS AT HOME. LOVE OTHERS AS YOU LOVE URSELVE I.E. THE YARDSTICK TO MEASURE UR LOVE 4 OTHERS SHOULD BE THE LOVE U HAVE 4 URSELF. YOU CAN'T GIVE OUT WHAT YOU DON'T HAVE.
I am not particularly inviting them to Nigeria,but what you are saying in essence is that when someone has a problem,he should be avoided and not helped,right?

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nature7888 at 25-05-2018 08:25PM (1 year ago)
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pls we should joke with this o
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