The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has said it had taken measures to protect members of the association against Ebola virus during its annual conference scheduled to hold in Owerri between August 24 and 25.
Briefing newsmen on the Association’s pre-2014 Conference in Abuja, the NBA President, Mr Okey Wali, said the two-day annual event would hold as scheduled
Wali said the fears of contracting Ebola disease would give life to the rumour that the event would not hold.
According to him, NBA has purchased non-contact laser guns for temperature monitoring and screening of participants at the conference.
He said the association had also purchased hand bacterial and viral sanitisers, hand gloves, mask, and other materials to protect participants from the risk of Ebola virus infection.
Wali said beside measures already put in place, the association would continue to sensitise the participants to avoid handshakes and physical body contact.
“Everybody is concerned about Ebola and it is up to all of us to be very responsible. We must improve our personal hygiene
“In view of this the Nigerian Bar Association has put in place a standing dispensing non-contact hand sanitisers in select public places with refills as well as other measures ahead of the conference in Owerri,” he said.
He further said the Owerri branch of NBA had secured collaboration with the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), to provide ambulances and other medical equipment and personnel.
The president also pointed out that measures had been put in place to ensure that participants did not gather at the same venue at the same time to ensure their safety.
Meanwhile, Imo Government has also assured participants that it had put in place measures such to ensure their safety.
It said in a statement read by the president at the conference that a rescue mission and emergency team had been set up for the successful conduct of the conference.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference is the largest gathering of lawyers in the country.
The 2014 conference will examine the political history of the country, constitutional and judicial reforms, infrastructural issues, economic and educational development, among others.
The new executives of the association will also be inaugurated at the conference. (NAN)