The Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu confirmed over 1 month ago that there was no new cases of Ebola in Lagos.
The victory over the deadly virus is not a brilliant as it may seem. Unfortunately, a problem typical for Nigeria resurfaced again. It is delay and unpayment of salaries.
A concerned worker, who risked his life fighting the deadly disease, wrote to Naij.com on Independence Day:
“Please I will like to inform Naij.com how we, the Ebola response team, were treated. It will be recalled that the Government of Lagos State choses to send away the Ebola response team that have sacrified their lives to contain Ebola in our country without appropriate settlement.
“Today there have been a remarkable day in our country that the Ebola team should have been honoured. However, it has become a day for humiliation to all of us. We are discouraged.
“There is still possibility of another Patrick Sawyer with Ebola…
“Please, I’d like to employ you to use your good office to reach out whomsoever in charge to at least pay up the last one month they owe us. Thanks.”
Ebola virus disease has already claimed over 3,100 lives on the African continent. It has been declared as a global threat by the World Health Organisation.
We sincerely hope that the authorities would think again and fulfil their obligations. Nigerian Ebola fighters deserve proper and timely reward for their risks!
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