The federal government says it is taking proactive measures to ensure that the Ebola virus, which has been seen in the West African country of Guinea, does not get into Nigeria.
The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, while fielding questions from newsmen in Bauchi, said: “We have already been alerted by the Nigerian Centre for Diseases Control and we have taken action. As we are talking, they are holding consultations with organizations like West African Health Organisation and World Health Organisation”.
Professor Chukwu said the Ebola virus is deadlier than Lassa fever, adding that at the moment, there is no vaccine for it.
“We have been having Ebola in Central Africa, even Cameroun sometime ago had Ebola; Uganda, Congo, these are the areas where you have Ebola. We never had it in any ECOWAS country until recently. Like Lassa fever, it is a deadly disease. It is even deadlier than Lassa, but both of them cause similar problems,” he said.
He added that in view of the fact that Nigerians travel to Guinea, just as people from there come into the country, the federal government is working with relevant organizations to monitor movements.