Sunday, October 19, 2014 7:55 pm
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State,in rendering an account of his stewardship the past 2,700 days announced the appointment of Dr. Adekemi Oluwayemisi Sekoni, of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, as his chief scientific adviser.
The governor already has an adviser on health matters.
Governor Fashola announced the appointment as he flashed back over the efforts by his government in containing the deadly #Ebolavirus imported by a Liberian-American, Patrick sawyer, into Lagos last July.
“Some of the lessons learnt are the need for a Government Scientific Adviser to be our co-ordinator not only for providing scientific information about infectious diseases but also co-ordinating other areas of science based research, food sufficiency, water sufficiency, air pollution and all other things that are likely to affect our well-being,” he stated.
The governor said his administration braved the odd to curtail the spread of the disease, saying it would have been calamitous if the disease had reached an epidemic proportion in Lagos.
“But in the spirit of Lagos, we know that our work is not finished. The lessons of hygiene must remain with us, regular hand washing with soap and water, stopping the practice of public urination and open defecation must continue,” he said.
The governor appealed to the Federal Government to maintain the highest vigilance at the nation’s land, air and sea borders as well, stressing that maintaining close scrutiny of persons from countries and regions where Ebola remains a challenge must be the nation’s first line of defence.
“Importantly, we must send help to these countries if we truly want to keep the gains we have recorded. Our work on Ebola continues because we must do everything to avoid a re-infection. We have put many policies in place which the Commissioner for Health will be communicating to you.
Please read the governor’s full speech here:Governor Fashola’s 2700 Days Speech