.....is the beginning of wisdom.
While we're all doing what we can to ensure that we don't fall victims to Ebola; arming ourselves with all the information, causes, symthoms, recent cases etc, some of us seem to have forgotten that not everyone has access to this information. While you're educating yourselves please don't forget to educate your household. I just noticed that so many people's domestic staff have no idea what Ebola is. These are people that run errands for us, cook our foods, tend to our personal effects, feed and care for our children and are a big part of our lives. There's little use in arming yourself with all that information if someone who lives in the same quarters as you has no idea what's going on.
Earlier today when the help of someone really close to me was making the baby's cereal I asked her if she knows what Ebola is and she looked at me with a blank stare. It was then I had to do what I could to educate her. Another observation is that some people are still of the opinion that Ebola is a "poor man's sickness" and won't get to certain places or certain parts of town. *Lips sealed*.
I also just read on Stella's blog that most suya men have no idea what Ebola is. No lies! Last night I went to buy grilled chicken and it occurred to me to ask the guy if he had heard of Ebola. He thought I was talking about a Nigerian film. And this wasn't your usual illiterate mallam, this was a semi-literate southerner who I could and sometimes had conversations with. BTW I bought the chicken but it's still in the fridge, not sure whether to it eat or not. (I won't lie, I've never be so scared of anything. It scares me so much that I even dream about Ebola these days. The fact that there's no cure and you will just die like a diseased fowl haunts me.)
So please spread the word to those around you as much as you can, not everyone has access to the internet or a TV set.
Enjay won the N1000 airtime for yesterday. Yippee!
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