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Federal Government: Disregard Rumour Of Ebola Case In Nigeria

Federal Government: Disregard Rumour Of Ebola Case In Nigeria

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to disregard reports making the rounds about a positive case of the Ebola virus in the country.

This is coming after the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda witnessed another outbreak of the Ebola virus in their country.

In a statement signed by the Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, Boade Akinola, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Abdullaziz Mashi Abdullahi, stated that although there has been “heightened surveillance” at points of entry, the overall risk of importation of Ebola virus to Nigeria from Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda was low.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the DRC outbreak which has killed more than 1,000 persons and spread to Uganda, killing two persons, is not a global health emergency.

‘’I can say categorically that none of the patients screened has tested positive for Ebola or any deadly disease,” Mr. Abdullaziz Mashi Abdullahi said.

“But we are not resting on our oars in view of trading activities of Nigerians."

He confirmed that the Nigerian Government is fully committed as they keep working closely with the WHO, state ministries of health, partners and all other stakeholders, to protect the health of everyone.

“Necessary protocols are being followed in line with International Health Regulations,” Abdullahi said.

Recall that in 2014, Nigeria recorded 20 cases and eight deaths after an infected Liberian-American flew into the country.