The National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh has called on well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organizations in the country to support the Federal Government in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.
Metuh, who made this call while presenting a personal donation of N1 million naira to the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu in Abuja on Tuesday said the burden of finding solution to the Ebola scourge should not be left to the Federal Government alone.
“There is no way the Federal Government can be left alone to bear the burden of this challenge. It is my well considered opinion that citizens of this country and corporate organizations should support the overall effort to eradicate the Ebola Virus Disease in our dear country.
“It is in this wise that I make my own little contribution and urge other well-meaning Nigerians to come out and join forces with the Federal Government and our health workers to end this scourge” Metuh said.
The PDP Spokesman commended President Goodluck Jonathan and the Minister of Health for the unprecedented response given to “this national emergency” even as he saluted health workers in the country for their show of patriotism, professionalism and sacrifices in the effort to check the spread of the disease.
Metuh, whose donation is expected to open a flood-gate of contributions from other well-meaning Nigerians, noted that the donations which should be made directly to the Ministry of Health will assist in research for cure, treatment and care for victims as well as support to families of health workers who paid the supreme price while working to save the nation from the disease.
While condoling the bereaved families, Metuh who initiated and participated in the ?#?EBOLAIceBucketChallenge? in Nigeria on facebook to raise awareness and draw support for intervention against the disease, expressed optimism that with the collaboration of all Nigerians, the nation will win the war against Ebola sooner than envisaged.
Responding, the Minister of Health who commended Metuh for his gesture, urged other well-meaning Nigerians to join in the fight to rid the nation of the deadly disease.