• Thursday, May 23, 2024
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Ogun begins screening on Ebola, other viruses for christian pilgrims


Poised to prevent the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the State, especially among christians due for the year 2014 Holy Pilgrimage to Israel, Greece and Rome, the Ogun State Christians Pilgrims Welfare Board has begun medical screening in order to detect Ebola and other viruses that might lurk in the bodies of the pilgrims.

Speaking at Oke-Mosan Government Secretariat, Abeokuta during the week, Julius Ogunseye, a bishop and the chairman, State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, noted that the essence of the screening was to ensure a hitch-free holy pilgrimage particularly to know the pilgrims health status and to prevent the spread of Ebola and other deadly viruses.

The Bishop, while commending State government for the support given to the Board towards the success of the preparation, urging the pilgrims to cooperate with medical team handling the exercise by providing necessary information, saying all hands must be deck to ensure that all intending pilgrims has a hitch free pilgrimage.

He, however, explained that the Board had earlier undertaken a sensitisation tour to all local government areas across the State to campaign for sponsorship from churches, corporate organisations and philanthropists, just as he added that the pilgrims had been spiritually drilled during the exercise and counselled to be good ambassadors of the State.

BusinessDay reports that the screening was conducted by members of the Board, officials from the National Christian Pilgrims Commission, medical personnel from the State, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, State Security Service and the representatives of the Nigeria Police among others.