Via allAfrica.com, an August 13 report in The Guardian—the Nigerian one, not the UK one: Nigeria: Kaduna Unfold Measures in Arresting Ebola Virus Disease. The full report and then a comment:
As a measure against any outbreak of the dreaded Ebola virus in Kaduna State, the Government, Wednesday inaugurated a committee to combat its spread in the State.
To prevent and checkmate possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola disease, the Government also said that it has put in place a comprehensive proactive action plan aimed at protecting people in the state from the spread of the virus.
A statement by the Media aide to the Governor, Mallam Ahmed Meyaiki, said that "the record of steps being taken to prevent spread of the disease, obtained from the State Ministry of Health revealed that since the first case of Ebola was imported into Nigeria last month, Kaduna State Government has taken decisive actions to prevent and control Ebola outbreak in the state".
Already, the state has inaugurated Ebola steering committee under the leadership of the Deputy Governor, Ambassador Nuhu Audu Bajoga.
The committee, which was swiftly divided into technical and enlightenment sub-committees had already swung into action, while "the various sub-committees are currently developing a rapid response plan to prevent and control any Ebola outbreak in the State".
Besides, the State Ministry of Health had in April sent a standard case definition of Ebola alert to all General Hospitals in the state , as they were put on high alert and active surveillance of Ebola virus.
Meyaiki stated: "Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been ordered, which are to be distributed to all General Hospitals and all the Local Government Areas of the State for their Primary Health Care facilities".
It was also stressed that the Disease Surveillance Officers of each of the 23 Local Government Areas of the State were trained on Ebola disease surveillance and contact tracing.
"Blood samples from suspected persons would be taken based on established protocol for testing in designated Laboratories, which for now, are only available in Lagos, Abuja and Ibadan. However, plans are underway to establish such Laboratories in all States of the Federation".
According to the State Government, "the State Ministry of Health is currently doing mass media enlightenment campaign to educate the general public on the dangers of Ebola and the various measures they will take to protect themselves from contacting the disease".
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Thot Joseph Dogo has further assured the people in the State that there was no cause to panic "since the state has not recorded any case of Ebola".
I apologize for sounding so paranoid about this subject. But even the nurse who fled to Enugu was a Lagos case linked to Patrick Sawyer. Then this Kaduna sample showed up with no particular comment about it, and it was the absence of comment that set me off.