NHRC Commends FG, Lagos Over Ebola Spread Control

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has commended the federal government’s efforts in preventing the spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria.

A statement issued by the commission’s Chief Press Officer, Mrs‎ Fatimah Agwai Muhammed quoted the commission’s Executive Secretary, Prof. Bem Angwe, as saying the Federal government and the Lagos state government should be applauded for taking urgent steps and involving major stakeholders in controlling the spread of EVD.

Their effort, he said, shows government’s commitment to protecting the human rights and wellbeing of Nigerians.

Prof. Angwe however noted that there was an urgent need to take the sensitization campaign on Ebola to prisons, in order to educate those deprived of their liberties and freedoms of movement.

He said the NHRC, in collaboration with the Senate and House of Rep Committees on Human Rights, would therefore on the 26th of September convene an emergency meeting of all Zonal and State Controllers of Prison Health Experts and other stakeholders to adopt strategies to prevent the entry of the deadly Ebola virus into Nigerian prisons and other detention centres.

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