By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
In order to improve the sanitary awareness in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has urged residents to imbibe the attitude of proper personal hygiene practice, in view of the outbreak of deadly Ebola virus disease, one month ago in the country.
Speaking to Journalists at a press conference, the Director of the Board, Mrs. Aishat Adebayo, made the call, stressing the need for all to embrace the habit of washing of hands with soap under running water as part of their hygienic routine in the environment.
She revealed that the washing of hands is one of the most vital tool in controlling the deadly spread of the Ebola virus, saying it was necessary at this time.
According to her, there is also a need for residents to have hygienic attitude of proper adequate disposal of their waste from the bins to the right channel both at homes and offices, having a routine fumigations of their premises to boost public health in the Territory.
“We are alerting the Abuja residents on the dangers of co- habiting pets and animals within their immediate environment, and those without up to date vaccination and veterinary certification they should endeavour to do that,” she pointed out.
Adebayo disclosed that the FCT administration has provided public conveniences within the city landscape in places like plazas, shopping malls, market and gas stations.
Stressing that people should visit such designated conveniences venues, to enable a healthy and cleaner environment for a sustainable city management, she however warned residents to desist from defecating and urinating in open places, as it is prohibited, because it also contributes to the spread of the Ebola virus.
“Don’t spread the fear; spread the facts”, as we battle against Ebola virus”, AEPB director emphasized.
Peoples Daily reports that AEPB is part of the FCT Raid response Committee in collaborations with other relevant government agencies to contain the deadly Ebola virus, in the event of any outbreak of the epidemic in the FCT.
To this end, AEPB officials demonstrated steps on how residents in the city centre should wash their hands with soap under running water as an important tool to curb the menace which has no specific treatment for now.
Also, the Environmental Health and safety department of the Board will today commence an aggressive public enlightenment campaign on proper personal hygiene at various locations in the city.