A massive enlightenment campaign aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly ebola virus has begun on many social networking sites.
Just days after a Liberian man infected by the dreaded Ebola Virus flew into the country and was confirmed dead in a Lagos hospital, The deceased, Patrick Sawyer, was said to have arrived in the country last Sunday (July 20) on a flight from Monrovia via the Togolese capital, Lome.
Multi award-winning record producer and Chief Executive Officer of Mavin Records, Don Jazzy, as well as rapper Rugged Man, are some of the popular Nigerians on social media who are using the social networks to educate their followers.
Don Jazzy particularly urged his fans to avoid places where there have been recent outbreaks of the disease, adding that Nigerians in general should endeavour to report any suspicious cases of the disease to any of the emergency centers that have been created by various tiers of government across the country.
“I have been quarantined. But why do we even shake hands? It’s not necessary. Or better still use sanitizer and wash hands regularly with soap if you must shake hands,” Don Jazzy wrote on Twitter.
Government institutions, such as the National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) ,and other concerned individuals have turned to the social media to educate members of the public on how to avoid getting infected with the virus.
On the other hand, Rugged Man noted that health authorities ought to track down the nurse, doctors and other medical officials who examined Sawyer on arrival in Nigeria.
He also stated on his Twitter page that Nigerians should imbibe the habit of washing their hands “more than regularly now,” to prevent them from contracting the virus and stay away from bush meats.