By Festus Fifen
The Nigerian Minister of health, Prof. Onyebuchu Chukwu has said that the government will continue to engage all stakeholder both local and international partners to maximise and intensify efforts to contain and treat existing cases of Ebola Virus Disease in the country.
The minister said this during a world press conference held in Abuja Nigeria to sensitize the public and also give situation report concerning the outbreak of the disease so far.
Professor chukwu stated that within the initial Forty Eight Hours (48 Hrs)of the death of the first Nigerian from the Virus, President Goodluck Jonathan approved the National Ebola virus disease emergency containment plan with an immediate cash backing of 1.9 Billion Naira wish is about 12 Million US Dollars to further complement the the containment efforts already in place.
The Minister added that the Federal Government through the federal ministry of health and its Agencies works closely with the World health Organisation (WHO), Unicef, The United States Centre for disease control and prevention(CDC) local authorities to further deepen and broaden these containment efforts.
In his words, ” since the first case landed in Nigeria, 177 primary and secondary contacts of the index case have been placed under surveillance or isolation. 9 developed EVD, bringing the total number in Nigeria to 10. Of these 10, 2 have died (the Liberian American and the Nigerian Nurse) while 8 are alive and currently on treatment” he noted.
While emphasising that Nigeria remained an Ebola free country until the incidence of importation from Liberia by Patrick Sawyer and unfortunate contamination the minister reiterated that the federal government of Nigeria shall continue to discharge its responsibilities within the sub region as well as collectively confront and stop this outbreak of Ebola.