Nigeria: Nigeria reactivates emergency response mechanism as Ebola resurfaces in Liberia

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Faced with the possibility of re-importation of the Ebola Virus Disease into Nigeria from Liberia or other West African countries, the Nigerian Federal Government Wednesday reactivated its Ebola emergency response mechanism.

In a directive it issued in Abuja, the Federal Ministry of Health stated that the development in Liberia calls for greater alert in the region.

The ministry advised all (36) State ministries of health and health facilities to raise their alert level and report any suspected case to the federal health authorities.

While noting that the Ebola disease had resurfaced in Liberia, the ministry's director of press and public relations, Mrs Ayo Adesugba, said that Nigerians should not panic as the country has the capacity to handle any eventuality.

According to the ministry's statement, a new case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been reported in Liberia.

"This means that the country which was certified EVD-free by the World Health Organization on 9 May 2015 has witnessed a resurgence of the disease. A 17-year-old boy from a village near the Liberian capital died of Ebola. He had no history of travelling out of Liberia and no history of coming into contact with any known Ebola case.

"The boy has since been buried but Liberian health officials are worried that he may have transmitted the virus to many other people who came into contact with him.

"The resurgence of EVD in Liberia confirms that the Ebola Virus is still circulating in that country and transmission from person-to person is possible. Nigerians should not panic but must be aware and be vigilant.

"Members of the public are advised to observe basic hygiene and report any suspected case to the nearest health facility. It must be noted that the main symptoms of the Ebola Virus Disease are fever, severe headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. Patients in some cases, also have neurological symptoms of becoming confused and restless," the ministry explained.
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01 july 2015 17:37:44

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