Via Xinhua: Nigeria not safe from Ebola virus: health minister. Excerpt:
Nigeria may not be safe from Ebola virus that is ravaging countries in West Africa, Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu said on Wednesday.
The minister gave the warning at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja, insisting that the deadly disease has been moving eastward toward Nigeria from other West African countries and from Central African countries.
Stressing that there is no known vaccine or treatment for the disease, he said his ministry is embarking on a serious campaign to ensure that Nigeria does not record any case of Ebola in the country.
He pointed out that personal hygiene is very important in keeping the disease away from Nigeria.
"Like you pointed out Ebola has been moving eastward towards Nigeria as well and we are already facing danger from Central African Republic, even with what is happening in Congo, people are also migrating to Chad and Chad, Cameroon are also in our borders, " he told reporters.
"So Nigeria is in danger but we have recently said fine that in addition to the leaflets that we are producing for lassa and other hemorrhagic fever, we will now emphasize Ebola fever. As I speak to you, we have already approved for jingles to be produced in various languages produced for Nigerian Center for Disease Control to be aired on Radio, Television and newspaper adverts," the minister said.
"Then we are working with all groups, just like we are doing for polio, religious bodies, communities, traditional rulers and the media which is most important in this venture you will help us to play your role by educating Nigerians," he added.