Okio Ofem: Calabar, Nigeria
EBOLA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: SENSITIZING THE PEOPLE ON THE MENACE
On the sunny and clement Wednesday of 13th August, 2014, Calabar school of philosophy, university of calabar, held an Ebola Awareness Campaign. In the spirit of the campaign, the head of the department of philosophy Prof. Mrs. Dorothy Olu Jacob gave remarks about Ebola virus which has claimed the lives of many; a speech that triggered concerns to educate people on the danger of the African/World's deadly disease. Also, Prof. Chris Ijiomah and Dr. Asira Asira both of the department of philosophy strengthened the points made by the H.O.D thus expressing their happiness on such a humanitarian enlightenment campaign. The flag of the campaign was lifted and philosophy students and lecturers were resplendent in white polos with Ebola Awareness Campaign imprinted. Many held cardboards carrying valuable information as some others reveled in the distribution of flyers. The campaign took off from the department of philosophy with a rally tour in campus before engaging in the education of the people in the streets and market community. Hilarious and fantastic scenes and drama were created to capture the minds of the people as well as creating a mental picture of the virus to the people for them to feel the immense impact of Ebola virus. Consequently, at some point there were stops made on the movement in order to pass the message: Ebola is a disease that has killed nearly 900people in Africa. The Health Minister confirmed on the 7th of August, 2014 the dead of a nurse who died of the disease in a Nigerian hospital. Other health officers have been affected, confirming the presence of the disease in Nigeria. Based on this fact, the possible preventive measures include; having contact with soap, bleach, sunlight, or drying. A washing machine will kill the virus in clothing saturated with infected body fluids. However the symptoms one needs to check out for include; body aches, high fever, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, profuse vomits, heavy internal and external bleeding e.t.c which has an infection period of 2-21days before illness. The campaign gradually came to its close after many a people were highly educated on the virus. The terminal point was at millennium park with a position statement delivered by Dr. Jonathan Chimakonam of the department of philosophy on a combative effort of all to prevent the spread of Ebola or possibly annihilate it. He closed his remarks by acknowledging the effort of those who fought and died for our nation including victims of Ebola. A candle light commemoration was conducted by Dr. Mesembe Edet also from the department of philosophy as endnote to the campaign in honour of the souls of the departed. Thanks to all who are Ebola conscious and are ready to join hands in curbing this menace.