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The Fear Of Ebola

.....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!

cccc if you see this please me (thelmathinks@gmail.com). 

Thanks. 

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  1. This is so true. I went to the salon yesterday and I asked my stylist what she was doing to protect herself from ebola and she looked @ me like I was talking about a new kidnapper or something, needless to say I was really surprised I couldn't hide it, the fact that she had never heard of it was scary.
    A whole lot of peeps out there really haven't heard about this serial killer in virus form.

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  2. I Dream of it too oh...still dreamt of it today...despite the fact that I stay in I.b I still feel scared anytime I hear ebola....I try to educate those I can...was watching channels when a hausa bike man said he always wears a mask..I was surprised but happy that atleast he could pass the little details he knew to odaz...that naughty house wife

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  3. I will.
    Yes, there's still great unawareness about the disease.

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  4. There's news that USA has found a cure. I hope it gets to Africa fast. Its not so bad here in Nigeria. But it really dawned on me on Sunday, (the crowd at church) and when my son started summer coaching. We'll try our best to avoid being infected and then pray for God's mercy too.

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    1. :). Thanks, Thelma for the opportunity to win. And thanks to the person who made it possible for you to be a blessing.

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  5. I had to use my initiative to educate my nanny o, I even exaggerated the whole thing to ensure she takes it very seriously cos, these pple no dey gree hear. I got hand sanitizer for my driver, nanny and Offiice, cos I no wan hear story. Thelma thhis thing is scary and very serious. We must be vigilant and continue to spread the word cos ebola no dey show for face.

    I have suspended my baby starting school in September till further notice. God help us all. Clare

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    1. Actually sanitizers don't kill the virus. Read it up.Ebola is a virus not a bacteria.Washing hands with soap and washing anything we put in our mouth helps.avoid putting our hands in our nose,eye,ear without washing them. J

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  6. I had to use my initiative to educate my nanny o, I even exaggerated the whole thing to ensure she takes it very seriously cos, these pple no dey gree hear. I got hand sanitizer for my driver, nanny and Offiice, cos I no wan hear story. Thelma thhis thing is scary and very serious. We must be vigilant and continue to spread the word cos ebola no dey show for face.

    I have suspended my baby starting school in September till further notice. God help us all. Clare

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  7. Yes indeed, sanitizers don't kill the virus, it. Only supports with the whole hygiene issue, washing hands with soap is very effective, or an addition of some chlorine to water will also help. clare

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  8. Yes indeed, sanitizers don't kill the virus, it. Only supports with the whole hygiene issue, washing hands with soap is very effective, or an addition of some chlorine to water will also help. clare

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  9. The way we're going about this Ebola virus issue is as if the virus escaped from a Petri dish 2 months ago and started wreaking havoc. It's scary quite alright, but not as we envisage. It's been with us for the past 38 years or so, why is there so much panic all of a sudden, especially when precautions against contamination have been listed? Just make sure of your personal and environmental hygiene, beware of quarantined areas, cook your meat very well, be mindful of those critically ill, and you're ok.

    Make no mistake, this virus(like every other known virus) will never be completely eradicated. Does it then mean I won't be eating suya or bush meat again? Kilode? Just make sure *Musa heats up the steak till it's steaming hot. Stay blessed people.

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  10. Heat kills the virus. My suya only has to wait till I get home and then into my micro wave it goes and I chop my thing.

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  11. I am surprised that many are still unaware of this virus. But won't blame them since there is hardly electricity to listen to radio or tv. So, it has to be done individually, until it spreads to all the corners of Nigeria.
    I was so happy when I read there is a cure for it now!

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  12. Wow missed this blog. As for the Ebola ish, let us just stay informed cos ignorance kills faster than Ebola itself.

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  13. I don't believe this Ebola is as deadly as its been painted. God help Nigeria. Thelma biko dash me credit biko. God bless you and bless your blessers. 022

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  14. its so frustrating, d thought of getting infected freaks me out even though am an health worker and am out of d danger zone

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