Ebola Virus Disease May No Longer Pose A Threat To Life As Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode Of Lagos State Says A Cure For The Viral Disease Has Been Found By Nigerian Scientists
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that a team of Nigerian scientists have been able to produce a vaccine that would be the final cure for the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which, as at September 13, 2015, had claimed 11, 306 lives out of 28, 256 cases recorded worldwide as stated by World Health Organisation (WHO).
Ambode who made the revelation when he received crew members of ’93 Days’, a film centered on onset of Ebola Virus in Nigeria, led by leading Hollywood filmmaker, Danny Glover, said the vaccine was tested in Guinea and that it worked.
He said that by the grace of God the vaccine had been certified as final cure for Ebola.
He explained that those used for the experiment were Guineans. “The Guineans agreed to supply their people to be used as Guinea pigs and by the Grace of God, we are now on the way to cure Ebola permanently”, he said.
He thanked the visitors, adding that Lagos would explore potentials that abound in the entertainment and arts industry as a viable platform to create jobs for the teeming youths in the state.
He assured the team that his government would give the necessary support to project the ideals of the film, stressing that the collective feat recorded would remain a milestone in the history of the state
“Clearly, what you have done to join hands with our people in Nollywood is to celebrate one of the major successes of Lagos State.
“Our government will support this project. No story can be told better than in graphic from, and once you are turning this story to a movie, it means that every other part of achievement that we can put together, it’s going to be something historic, it’s happening for the very first time, apart from the fact that it is showing the way government has been able to respond to issues that relate to the society, we are also showcasing what Lagos stands for”, he said.
The governor, while thanking the crew for deeming it fit to use the film to retell the Ebola success story in Lagos, also seized the opportunity to name Mr. Glover as Brand Ambassador for Lagos, saying that his wealth of experience will benefit the entertainment industry in the state immensely.
“I can say that this is a platform to rebrand Lagos and for that reason, we would support this film and everything that has to do with it. Like I said, we would be looking forward to the premiere and I’ve told Danny that he has to be part of it and bring his experience and social-capital into it and he’ll be coming with other world class actors to do that, we would join in promoting this also.
“That means a lot to us and it would also mean a lot to the entertainment industry. It would be part of the legacies that you would be leaving to us here because as much as we look forward to all the great things that you have achieved, we believe also that this would also be part the celebration for your 70th birthday next year.
– Emmanuel Ukudolo