FG debunks rumour of Ebola virus in Nigeria

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The Federal Government has described as false, the message circulating on social media purporting a positive case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Country.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Abdullaziz Mashi Abdullahi, said members of the public must disregard such rumours as they were unfounded.

He discouraged the circulation of any unverified information, which he said, could cause harm to innocent people and unnecessary panic among the citizens.

He assured that since the reports of outbreak of EVD in the Democratic Republic of Congo, heightened surveillance has been on-going at the various points of entry by officials of the Port Health Services division of the Ministry to prevent importation into Nigeria.

According to a statement by the ministry ‘‘Every sick passenger has been properly screened and none of the patients screened has tested positive for Ebola or any deadly disease.’’

The Permanent Secretary also noted that in line with WHO’s guidelines, a recent preliminary risk assessment conducted by the Nigeria Ebola Preparedness team, coordinated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicated that the overall risk of importation of EVD to Nigeria from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda is low.

He assured that the Nigerian Government remained fully committed, while working closely with the WHO, State Ministries of Health, partners and all other stakeholders, to protect the health of all Nigerians.

‘’However, necessary protocols are being followed in line with international Health Regulations, ’he said.

 

 

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