President Goodluck Jonathan has directed the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, to support Ebola-infested countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, by building local capacity of their health workers and enhancing their response in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.
Consequently, 250 Nigerian experts would be deployed in the first batch of the exercise within the next few days out of a total of 506 Nigerian volunteers that are ready for deployment to the countries.
Supervising Minister of Health, Khaliru Alhassan, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday while briefing journalists on the disease.
He cautioned against transportation of corpses into the country, except those approved by the Federal Government.
Besides, the minister informed that, as part of measures to ensure adequate prevention against the killer virus, the Federal Government, had set up a National Emergency Operations Centre at the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
He said despite the declaration of Nigeria as an Ebola-free country, public health must not be taken for granted, “and we must not go to sleep and start resting on our oars.”
“It should serve as a warning that this current outbreak of EVD still presents a measured threat to Nigeria and the rest of the world until it is and eliminated from all countries, particularly from the West African subregion,” he said.
The minister also appealed to all states in the country to enhance their surveillance system, and that the public should remain vigilant “and to immediately call the Ebola Helpline (0800-Ebola-Help) or seek immediate medical attention in the event of suspected cases of sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pains, headache and sore throat, especially that may be followed by vomiting, diarrhea, internal and external bleeding (especially for persons travelling into Nigeria from affected areas).