Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Monday urged Nigerians to ensure all victims with possible Ebola ailment to be taken to quarantine houses and not prayer houses.
The Minister who spoke at a conference organised by the Ministry of Health to provide guidelines to State Commissioners of Health on how to sensitise the people on the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.
He said: “While it is important to note that God perform miracles, the public must help the federal government contain the disease by leaving their loved ones at the designated quarantine centres. I urge you to rather send names of patients to prophets and religious leader for prayers.
“Miracles should take place in quarantine centres. If you have a prayer warrior in Lagos, just send the name of the person to him for the miracle,” Mr. Maku said.
He added that while the disease was deadly, it is important to note that there is no need to stigmatise anyone with the infectious disease.
The Minister called on persons who might show the disease’s symptoms to help by reporting themselves to quarantine centres in order to save their own lives and that of their family members.
He also encouraged the Commissioners to work towards the translation of pamphlets shared at the conference to their various local dialects.
The Head, Port Health Services, Sani Gwarzo, said Nigeria has started land border screening in Seme and Idiriko land borders adding that it was the responsibility of every country to protect its borders.
Mr. Gwarzo said that since the outbreak of the disease, the Ports Health Services was making sure that it delivers safe, healthy and easy screening at all ports and borders in Nigeria.