Ebola Outbreak: WHO Commends Efforts Of Nigerian Government

The Nigerian Government’s efforts to curb the further spread of the Ebola Virus which broke out in Nigeria last month has been commended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). A statement on the WHO website read:

“The situation in Lagos, Nigeria, where the first imported case was detected in July, looks reassuring”.

“Intensive contact tracing, conducted by Nigerian health officials and staff from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has not, so far, identified any further confirmed cases outside the initial transmission chain.

“The intensity of the search and monitoring effort raises cautious optimism that further spread of the virus in Nigeria can be stopped. The search for additional cases continues, as does the current high level of vigilance”,

“At present, the city’s 12 confirmed cases are all part of a single chain of transmission”.

Last week, Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan approved a N1.9bn intervention fund which help stop the spread of the virus that has claimed about five lives in Lagos  after a Liberia-American man, Patrick Sawyer tested positive to the virus on arrival in Lagos and subsequently died on the 25th of July.

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