“As I walked towards Census Market in Surulere, Lagos with the intent of informing the market women that the GHAF team was coming to educate them about the deadly EBOLA Virus ravaging the Country and the preventive measures to take to avoid contact, I was filled with excitement.
As a microbiologist, I am aware that Ebola is a severe and acute viral strain that can cause illnesses with a fatality rate of up to 90%. It is characterized by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache, nausea, sore throat. It can be followed by vomiting, diarrhea, impaired kidney and liver function and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Patients are frequently dehydrated and require oral re-hydration with solutions containing electrolytes, or intravenous fluids. In spite of the information I had, I did not want to create FEAR as I explained our intent.
The most amazing discovery was that these women were so welcoming! My first point of contact was with iya ele edu (a charcoal trader), whom I explained the purpose of my visit to. She was filled with immense joy and appreciation, she took me straight to the iya oloja and the baba oloja of the market (officials in charge) and the rest is story… You can read the details here if you haven’t already.
It was exciting to watch the receptiveness of these women, you could tell they were hungry for information that will help them lead a better life. The intense gaze and rapt attention they listened with, I realized that Every Woman Is Beautiful. If exposed to the right information and empowerment, the potential of becoming an efficient role model to the Nigerian child will keep moving higher.
To this end, we encourage everyone to look out for that woman within your community, the one you see everyday that wants to become a better person; help her, support her, feed her with necessary information that will groom her and enable her evolve into the beautiful woman beautiful woman that resides deep within her…
Our next Project is coming up soon, the Annual Back to School Campaign, be a part of this Project. Details coming in our next post.
Have a blessed week…