Health workers in the country have been described as endangered species as a result of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
The disclosure was made on Thursday by the Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre Dipo Sotiloye, in Abeokuta, while accepting materials donated by the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives for the prevention of Ebola spread.
Sotiloye said washing of hands is the basic way of preventing all diseases.
He said health workers are constantly exposed to the risk of getting infection from their patients stressing the need for them to always protect themselves.
He said it was as a result of this that the management of FMC, Abeokuta, had increased water supply in the facility with the completion of two additional boreholes for both patients and workers’ use.
“Hand washing is the single most important way of preventing Ebola. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you return from attending to patients,” he advised.
The medical director appreciated the efforts of the association for making the hand washing materials donation saying other associations should emulate them.
“This donation is great. It’s a good gesture. This is a gesture that is worthy of emulation for other associations. We should remember what the former American president said that we should think of what we can do for the country and not what we want to gain from the country,” he stated.
Earlier the chairperson of NANNM at the Centre, Mrs Abosede Faborode, had said though EVD had not been recorded in Ogun State, the association thought it necessary to provide the washing materials for general prevention of diseases and to also serve as their contribution to the improvement of health care delivery at the hospital