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Ebola: Lagos douses fears over virus outbreak, reassures hoteliers of readiness

Lagos State Government has moved to allay fears about another outbreak of the Ebola Virus, stressing that the state is safe for business and tourism.

The state’s commissioner for Tourism & Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Disun Holloway, stated while meeting with representatives of some large hotels in the state that the state has developed the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) at Yaba to a modern facility for research and development of other contagious diseases apart from Ebola, as a measure of being prepared for any eventually in future.

Giving assurance that the disease has been fully contained in the state, Dr. Aderemi Desalu, Permanent Secretary Special Duties representing the Commissioner for Health – Dr. Jide Idris – said there is no case of Ebola presently in Lagos, adding that all suspected victims have been treated and discharged as at September 18.

Hoteliers acknowledged the prompt response by the State government in taming the spread of the virus with the General Manager of Southern Sun Hotel, Mr. Mark Lokley noting that global awareness has led to more education about the disease; adding, however, that the occupancy in hotels had dropped and more needed to be done to bring clients back.

Other hotels represented at the meeting – Lagos Oriental Hotel, Federal Palace Hotel, the Wheatbaker, among others  – chorused likewise.

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