The management of Makon Engineering and Technical Services Limited has called on members of staff to maintain basic hygienic practices especially in washing hands with soap and water in the current alarm over the Ebola virus.
This call was made by the HSSE Manager, Mr. Davis Ezie during a One day Ebola Awareness Training organised by the company towards containing the potential spread of the disease.
According to Ezie, the training becomes necessary as a result of reported cases of Ebola virus in Lagos and the need to protect the health and safety of all METS personnel and stakeholders against the deadly virus.
The participants at the training include Lagos staff and other stakeholders like members of staff of Clayfields & Harrows Limited, operators of our Guest Houses and that of Beams and Columns, the company responsible for our cleaning and maintenance services.
Mr. Kayode Adelaja, Senior Project Manager, assured all staff members that since everyone is exposed to a variety of infection in the course of performing their duties, the company is putting everything in place to ensure that all our offices and project sites stay safe and free from the virus. He added that with proper precautions in place, the likelihood that Ebola will spread to other people is minimal.
The training was facilitated by Brittania Hospital Lekki - Lagos. Brittania is one of the hospitals on our Hospital Retainership System.
According to Dr. Oluyemisi Ajibade who led the facilitating team, the training maps out the standard precautionary measures everyone is expected to observe in the control of infectious diseases and awareness on the risk factors of Ebola.
No one knows for sure what the causes of Ebola are. Experts say it hides in certain animals and it is thought that certain types of bats and primates could be harbourers of the virus.
In the areas where Ebola has presented itself this time, she added, it has been linked to people eating bush meat from chimpanzees, monkeys and bats.
The Ebola virus causes a severe acute viral illness often characterized by the sudden onset of hemorrhagic fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache diarrhoea and vomiting.
The hallmark of the disease is profuse bleeding both internally and externally and can have a fatality rate of up to 90 per cent. It is a truly horrible condition.
Ebola is highly contagious and is transmitted via contact with bodily fluids such as blood, sweat, saliva, semen or other body discharges.
Victims are usually treated for symptoms with the faint hope that the body's self-defense system will ultimately prevail.
Since there are currently no vaccines or treatments available, staff members were advised to avoid facilities treating Ebola patients; avoid touching blood, body fluids, or secretions; avoid articipating in funeral practices that involve touching a dead body or handling/eating bats, suya or other kinds of “bush meat“. She also enjoined all to consult the clinic for appropriate attention or referral once any form of illness surfaces.
With no treatment or vaccine available, prevention is the most effective way to stop transmission. To our advantage, we now know from other outbreaks that epidemics can be stopped, she assured.
Practical training was conducted on the proper washing of hands with water and soap and on the use and application of sanitizers.
At the end of the presentation, there was question and answer session where justice was done to questions asked by the participants.
Mr. Ayemere Ogudu, the QA/QC Manager while giving the vote of thanks appreciated the management and the facilitators for a job well done. He congratulated the participants and enjoined them to serve as trainer upon their return to their respective offices and homes. He asked everyone to remain health conscious and to report cases of people who are obviously sick to the appropriate quarters.
At least 1,700 cases of Ebola have been confirmed or reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. More than half have died, the largest number of deaths associated with a single outbreak since the disease emerged in the 1970s.
According to Nigerian Minister of Health; Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, the total number of cases of the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria remained at 12 while the number of deaths from the disease was four. The number of people under surveillance in Lagos is 189, while in Enugu it stands at 6.
Here are some of the highlights of the occasion in picture: