Nigeria Has Contained Ebola – WHO

Nigeria Has Contained Ebola – WHO

By Eseme MacDonald | Associate Editor on September 23, 2014
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The global health body, World Health Organisation on Monday, September 22, 2014 revealed that the Ebola Virus Disease had been contained to a large extent in Nigeria and Senegal.

It was made known by the organization’s regional office for Africa that there had been no fresh cases in the two countries since the first case was identified in Senegal on August 29 and Nigeria’s last case reported on September 8.

According to the WHO, there have been 5,833 cases reported in West Africa with 2,833 deaths so far.

Furthermore, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola has decried ban on flight and exchange on the affected West African countries as this will isolate such countries. According to him, this will have adverse effects on the economy. The EVD was brought into Nigeria by a Liberian on July 20 and that made it the first case of the virus in the country.

The Liberian man gave about five days later after passing the virus on to staff of First Consultant Hospital.

One of the staff had died of the disease on August 19.

Another doctor, Iyke Enemuo, who secretly treated an ECOWAS protocol official, Koye Olu-Ibukun, in a hotel in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, also died of the EVD.

The ECOWAS official who was said to have had contact with Sawyer had escaped quarantine in Lagos and ran to Enemuo in Port Harcourt.

This made the total 19 confirmed cases of Ebola virus out of which seven, including the index case, died. Hundreds of other primary and secondary contacts had been discharged from quarantine centres, both in Lagos and Port Harcourt.

The last case, according to the minister of health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, left the isolation centre last Thursday.

On the other hand, only one case of a victim who travelled from Guinea was reported in Senegal.

 

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