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Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, has canvassed for a massive public enlightenment and sensitisation of the rural communities on the Ebola Virus Disease.

Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, has canvassed for a massive public enlightenment and sensitisation of the rural communities on the Ebola Virus Disease.

President of MOSOP, Legborsi Saro Pyagbara made the call at Bori Ogoni in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State while educating the people on the symptoms of the disease and how to prevent contracting it.

Chief Pyagabara called on the three tiers of government to work concertedly to urgently implement an aggressive education and sensitisation of rural communities in Rivers State on the implications of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, as part of efforts to contain and prevent its spread in the region.

Pyagbara noted that it had become imperative in view of worrisome lack of knowledge of the disease in the local communities and to avoid a possible disastrous health situation that might arise from the dreadful EVD and would be uncontrollable.

Pyagbara said MOSOP decided to enlighten the people on the signs of the disease, safety measures, and urged them to be careful, vigilant and report any suspected EVD case to the nearest Ebola designated health centre.

The MOSOP president advised government on improved and comprehensive tackling of the Ebola menace, and warned against devoting the entire efforts as had always been the case on the state capital, Port Harcourt, to the detriment of the rural areas, especially Ogoni.

He pointed that the ongoing public enlightenment of EVD had been more city focused, which might not augur well for the wellbeing of the poorly informed local communities on the war against EVD.

He, however, expressed the willingness of MOSOP to co-operate and partner with government and other interest groups in all genuine efforts at containing and ending the menace of the Ebola Virus Disease in the state.

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