The Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, on Thursday said the state government had written a letter to the authorities of the Redeemed Christian Church of God to take precautionary measure against the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease during the RCCG annual convention which started on Monday.
Soyinka said this in Abeokuta, the state capital, while addressing a press conference on the preventive measures being taken by the state.
The commissioner said the letter was sent to the RCCG authorities last Friday, and that the government requested the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, to pass the information to the congregation about Ebola in order to guard against its spread.
He said, “We wrote a letter and sent a team to the Redeemed Christian Church of God, because they are having their annual convention. We asked them to make sure they are vigilant.
“We wrote them last week Friday and reminded them of the dreaded Ebola virus and we commended them for what they have been doing. We asked Pastor Enoch Adeboye to pass the general information on Ebola to the congregation.”
Soyinka further said the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, had instructed the health ministry to interact with Muslim and Christian leaders and any other groups that have large crowd.
While he explained that the state had started training programme for health officials in local government areas, he noted that the state was already collaborating with Federal Government agencies in the border areas to prevent carriers of the virus from entering the state.