It’s not rocket science to note that Ibadan is at the greatest risk of the Ebola virus disease that has already claimed the lives of some people in Lagos. This is because of the proximity of the city to Lagos and the non-existent health security measures to secure the state from transfer of infection.
In terms of preventing the spread of the disease to Ibadan, no measures had been taken so far by the state government as passengers coming from Lagos to Ibadan and vice versa are not yet being screened at motor parks before embarking on their journeys or before alighting at Iwo Road, Challenge, Ojor, or elsewhere.
A cross section of Ibadan residents expressed fear over the risk of the disease spreading to Ibadan.
“If it is in Lagos, the best guess is it may already been in Ibadan. This is something I am so scared of because as you, Ibadan has already become an extension of Lagos and more buses come to the city daily than elsewhere,” Segun told IBPulse.
Aware of the great danger the disease poses to cities such as Ibadan, the governors of the southwest states met in Lagos to discuss an emergency response to secure the region from the spread of the disease.
At the held at the State House, Ikeja were Governors Babaunde Fashola (Lagos), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Dr. Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) as the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi was of Oyo State was represented his deputy, Moses Adeyemi.
Speaking after the emergency meeting, which lasted for hours, Fashola said he had been meeting with his commissioner on the possible ways to checkmate the spread of the disease.
“Essentially, we have addressed issues of containment and the challenges of illegal borders, we have felt the need to express appreciation to health workers who have taken responsibility from the front by attending to people who are showing symptoms and people who are suspected of having contact with the very first case that was reported in a man who came in from Liberia.
“All of what we have now are primarily related to that very first case and all the suspicious cases that have been confirmed and sicknesses that have followed are directed related to that first case. I use this opportunity to commend those health workers who have responded. Our appeal to the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) is to act in humanitarian interest for the purpose of containing what is a current emergency situation so that we can put this matter behind us,” he said.
Although there is no official policy yet on the fight against Ebola in Oyo state, the risk of an epidemic has made officials at the Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital in Yemetu to take some actions that would limit workers’ exposure.
Speaking under condition of anonymity, a staff of the hospital told IBPulse.com there is restricted movement and only members of staff can enter some locations in the hospital to prevent staff exposure to the dreaded viral disease.