The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated thousands of information, education and communication (IEC) materials to the Lagos State Ebola Emergency Operation Committee to enhance its prevention, preparedness and response efforts in Nigeria.
This is contained in a press statement signed and released to journalists on Monday in Abuja by Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, the National Information Officer of UN Information Centre (UNIC) .
The agency also commended both the Federal and Lagos State governments for containing the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) from further spread.
The efforts of both governments were being recognised globally as a success story from which other countries should learn, it said.
The materials include 10,000 copies of ‘Standard information for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) contact self-care’ and 10,000 copies of ‘Screening suspected patients for Ebola Virus Disease in healthcare facilities.’
The others are 500 copies of ‘Filovirus hemorrhagic fever guidelines’ and 500 copies of ‘Standard operating procedures for controlling Ebola and Marburg virus epidemics’.
Also presented were 500 copies of ‘Interim infection control recommendations for care of patients with suspected or confirmed filovirus (Ebola, Marburg) Hemorrhagic fever’.
The statement quoted UNFPA Country Representative, Ms Rati Ndhlovu, as saying that the materials would strengthen public sensitisation about the disease as part of the intervention to prevent a relapse.
Ndhlovu commended the Lagos State Government for its quick response to contain further the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the state.