The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) calls on all journalists across the nation, not just women journalists but all journalists and media houses to help in the fight against the Ebola virus by creating awareness on how to prevent its spread especially in the rural areas.
The Ebola Virus may have come into the country under avoidable circumstances but this is no time to trade blames or take sides with doctors or the government. It is a time for journalists to report on issues that will lead to the containment of the virus.
As mothers, we would not like to see our husbands, children, sisters and brothers die of this scourge that has sneaked in on us; we should, therefore, all work assiduously to ensure that everyone around us is informed about the virus and how to prevent it.
We want to call on all Nigerians to put national interest above self interests; we should not hide family members, who may show signs of the virus as we are not only endangering our lives but the lives of many other Nigerians.
NAWOJ also calls on doctors to kindly call off the strike and respond to the national emergency, just as government has declared a state of emergency on Ebola virus and release of the funds will help to procure more protective gears for their job.
We commend all the doctors and other health workers who have risked their lives and continue to risk their lives to save the lives of many other Nigerians; we Nigerians can only thank them by playing our part in the fight against Ebola.
We must all take a unanimous stand to fight this virus and contain it, containing this virus is as much an individual effort as it is a collective effort; government cannot do it alone if we all do not assist by being vigilant, taking precaution and adhering to all the advice of the medical practitioners.
While NAWOJ appreciates the Nigerian culture of making light every challenge, we urge everyone to be careful the way we make light this particular health challenge.
We must endeavour not to make this worse than it already is by spreading rumour, which may only lead to more health challenges just as the salt-water anti-Ebola therapy did.
The association is also using this opportunity to commend the Federal Government and some state governments for promptly responding to the scourge.