As part of a public awareness campaign against the spread of the Ebola virus to Edo state, Governor Adams Oshiomole visited market women in Benin City yesterday. He warned them against shaking hands or hugging each other indiscriminately.
“This meeting is two parts: first, to tell you about the Ebola Disease which was brought from another country to Lagos. We thank God that the disease has not come to Edo State.
The disease is difficult to manage and so I am advising you as leaders of market women to talk to your members to be wary of whom they shake or embrace because the disease causes serious sickness that can lead to death at short notice.
Because of this, it is good that we know what to do as people travel to and from different parts of the country. People walk about and we do not know those who have been infected. That is why we must be prepared and plan so that if anybody sees any victim, he or she should know what to do. “
In the second part of his meeting with the market women, he spoke to them about the importance of registering for INEC’s Permanent Voters’ card ahead of the 2015 general election
“The INEC voters’ registration and collection of the Permanent Voters’ Card will soon commence in Edo State. So, I am advising all of you to set outside whatever you may be doing and go to your respective centres as may be designated by INEC officials and make sure you collect your cards because it is your power as the 2015 general glections draws closer.”