1. Doctors Ready to Contain Virus -Abdullahi
The National Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, NARD, yesterday said its members were ready to temporarily suspend their strike and contain the dreaded Ebola virus if certain safety measures were met. But the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, vowed to continue its strike contrary to speculation that the 40-day old industrial action would be called off following the Ebola outbreak. President of the association and a resident doctor with the Amino Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Dr. Jibril Abdullahi, said in Abuja that the Ebola issue was a national one and resident doctors were ready to sheathe their swords temporarily for the sake of the nation.
2. Ebola: US Orders Liberia Embassy Families Home
The United States ordered the families of embassy staff in Liberia to return home, as West Africa struggles to cope with the world’s biggest ever outbreak of Ebola. The State Department also warned US citizens not to travel to Liberia, repeating an earlier instruction from American health authorities.
3. Ebola: ECOWAS Suspends Meetings
The Economic Community of West Africa States has suspended all its meetings as a result of the Ebola virus spread to Nigeria. This came a day after the first Nigerian Ebola death was announced. Five more Nigerian medics have already tested positive to the virus, which has killed more than 900 people in three other West African countries. ECOWAS Commission Vice President Dr Toga G. Mcintosh announced the decision to call off all meetings of the commission in Abuja yesterday, to avoid the spread of Ebola.
4. Ebola: 2 Hospitals Designated Isolation Centres in Abuja
Though there are no confirmed cases of outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the FCT, two hospitals, the National Hospital and Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital have been designated as centers to handle and isolate patients should the need arise. The Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Health Care Development Board, Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, had said.
President of Liberia, Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson has said that the Ebola victim, Patrick Sawyer, was on surveillance, but he sneaked out of Liberia and came to Lagos, where he died 24 hours later. The Liberian President expressed concern over the unfortunate incident and apologized to Nigeria on behalf of her countryman who brought the virus to the country.
6. Ebola: NPA Issues Guidelines for Prevention of Spread to Ports, Terminals
The Management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has issued guidelines to its employees and port community stakeholders on the risks posed by the deadly Ebola virus. It also gave directives about the risk factors in a port environment. The Managing Director of NPA, Malam Habib Abdullahi, who acknowledged that Nigerian ports are gateways, hence vulnerable, cautioned port operators, especially first line contact officers against negligence when dealing with foreigners and vulnerable groups.
7. WHO to Convene Experts Discussion on Experimental Ebola Treatment
The World Health Organisation said it will convene a panel of experts in medical ethics next week to explore the use of experimental treatment of Ebola in West Africa. “Currently there is no registered medicine or vaccine against the virus, but there are several experimental options under development,” Xinhua quoted Farhan Haq, the deputy UN spokesman.