made unpleasant jokes about
oneanother – contracting the disease.
However, it became a different ball-game when the virus finally found its way into Nigeria, through Patrick
Sawyer, the Liberian, who
resided in America. He was taken to First Consultant Hospital, Obalende area of Lagos, in Nigeria, where
several others contracted the virus.
treated a patient that had come in
contact with Sawyer. Through this, Enemuo contracted the disease himself.
… The ball was set – rolling: the disease
was becoming wide-spread in Nigeria
and panic gripped the country, all
over. Then, different measures of
control went viral. In the cause of escaping the disease, somebody even
committed suicide by using a large amount of salt; there was an upsurge in the sales of bitter-cola, until the country’s Ministry of Health debunked
the claim that – the preventive measures
being circulated could neither cure nor protect one from contracting ebola.
Nigeria, is now free of the virus,
but there is need to sensitise the generality of the populace – about the disease against the possibility outbreak
of the virus, again.
in which scholars had proved that communications or announcements were passed among African cultures before the advent of the modern communications methods.
the government, including the citizenry, instead of the mass
concentration on the modern or urban cities: the outskirts and villages
are so much important as the big cities.
United Methodist Church is
responding with a communications
strategy aimed at saving lives and reassuring people of God’s
L. Gilbert, in the work, ‘Church uses
communications to combat Ebola outbreak’, “The effort began when cases of
the virus surfaced in Sierra Leone in June, after
the initial outbreak in neighbouring Guinea.
Leone and, soon afterward, Liberia, began spreading
the word about how to fight the disease.”
It said that, a lack of information and education in local communities, compounded by distrust and denial,
exacerbated the problem,
which allowed the virus to explode and claim more lives
countries. Just as it said, “Muddled
messages and misinformation have complicated
efforts to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak
in West Africa”.
strategy includes the use of traditional media, as
well as, emerging technology such as texting.
Larry Hollon, a top staff executive of United
Methodist Communications said,
“In the Ebola crisis, communication precedes prevention
contained without greater effort at sanitation,
isolation of sick people, and proper handling
and burial of the deceased. And this has to be
communicated effectively and widely. In these circumstances,
a clear message saves lives.”
Kathy reported that, Sierra
Leone and Liberia were each
receiving a $10,000 crisis
communications grant from United Methodist Communications, a publication arm
of the United Methodist Church,
saying that, the funds would be used
for: Banners, posters and photocopies of
messages that aid the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease, as well as, radio airtime for messages
that address the care and pastoral needs
of the affected communities. This
access through mobile carriers for sharing health
and pastoral messages, and could
support town crier outreaches, in which young
people with megaphones go through villages
sharing important information.
all this, an appeal to the general public is ‘to mount demand on the Nigerian and other African
Countries’ government to take the sensitisation
messages to the outskirts of every state, and local government in the country’,
while still focusing on the urban cities
– in order to prevent the unbridled spreading of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), once a person contracts it.