Monday, 11 August 2014

Ebola: Lagos Records Yet Another Confirmed Case

This is no longer a child’s play as the number of confirmed cases of Ebola has risen to 10

The Federal Government has confirmed another Ebola case in Lagos bringing the total number of Ebola Virus Disease victims to 10, even as 177 primary and secondary contacts of the index case have been placed under surveillance or isolation.

At a world media briefing held in the nation’s capital Abuja this morning (Monday), the Minister of Health Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu said of these 10 cases, 2 have died (the Liberian American and the Nigerian nurse) while 8 are alive and currently on treatment.

This is the situation 22 days since the dreaded EVD first landed in Nigeria.

At the sub regional level, the Ebola Virus Disease was discussed as a substantive agenda during the Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government in Accra Ghana.

Chukwu said  Nigeria, as usual, played its leading, pioneering and compassionate role during the Summit with the first and only donation of USD3.5 million humanitarian and capacity building aid to the three affected countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the West African Health Organization (WAHO), and the ECOWAS Ebola Fund.

Nigerians need to be more sensitive now as this is no longer a child's play

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