Bitter Truth With ‘Tunde: Ebola Virus Disease, FG’s Special Intervention Fund And Kuje Isolation Centre

Bitter Truth With ‘Tunde:  Ebola Virus Disease, FG’s Special Intervention Fund And Kuje Isolation Centre
August 19 00:38 2014 Print This Article
Tunde Babalola

Tunde Babalola

I am happy with the news coming from Lagos where five people have been declared free from the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) but it is pertinent to note that this is not the time to go back politicking and think that EVD is over.

I cannot believe that the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku was busy causing confusion over the impeachment saga and politics of 2015 in Nasarawa, his home state when he abandoned his primary duties for now.

Had it been Nigerians were properly educated since the outbreak of Ebola in our fellow West African countries since March, Late Patrick Sawyer would not have had easy ride in importing Ebola into Nigeria. Also, if the Health Minister, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu had committed half of the efforts and attention he now give to contain the EVD before hand, we would not have been in this mess of avoiding exchanging pleasantries and shaking of hands, any way it is only in Nigeria that such dereliction of duties could be condoned.

I know other well civilized and organized countries would have shown the duo of Maku and Chukwu way out of failure to make “hay while the sun shines”.

I also need to commend the Lagos State government for the patriotic effort in containing the Ebola virus, the state government had gone even to the extent of amending its 2014 budget to address the crisis at hand, one wonders what the federal government is using the 1.9billion naira special intervention fund on Ebola for as well as the donations from other well meaning individuals like Alhaji Aliko Dangote.

Lastly, let me commend the people of Kuje for standing up to voice out their rejection of the siting of the Isolation Centre at Kuje General Hospital though the powers that be believes their cries are inconsequential, I know they would have a place in history. It is also a signal to those in authority to live up to expectation.

The FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed did not remember Kuje residents in the area of provision of portable water, regular supply of electricity and good road but he can take the Isolation Center for Ebola victims there, No amount of ‘cajoling’ from Senator Mohammed who knows how to take ‘precautionary measures’ to protect residents from contracting the virus from the designated ward would make Kuje people forget him in a hurry if his action later bring any EVD to that part of the capital city. I believe the Minister is a lucky man that he is not occupying an elective office because I can bet that the people of Kuje would not vote for him again!

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