IS NIGERIA TRULY FREE OF EBOLA ?
Was going through a news report which stated that Nigeria is free of Ebola as there are no individuals under surveillance How true is this? How do individual Nigerians live in fear or free?
As the Minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said the country is free of the Ebola Virus Disease. Should we believe this news and be happy or ignore and still be vigilant? Does this mean that activities can return as usual ? can school now resume ?
The minister Speaking at the UN General Assembly in New York, Chukwu said the remaining 25 suspects under surveillance in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, had been certified free of EVD and discharged, having completed 21 days of observation. Dan Nwomeh, Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Minister of Health, confirmed the news today via Twitter:
Dr. Chukwu provided further details, saying, “No cases are under treatment, no suspected cases. There are no contacts in Lagos that are still under surveillance, having completed a minimum of 21 days of observation.”
In the process of tracing contacts of individuals infected with Ebola, anyone showing no symptoms after three weeks of last known contact with a victim is considered free of any potential for the disease. Rivers State, whose capital city is Port Harcourt, had been home to over 400 contacts under medical surveillance. As of last night, only 25 contacts remained.
“None of them are showing any symptoms as at Mon 22 September which will mark the end of their 21 days of observation and the plan is to get them discharged from surveillance tomorrow [Tues 23 Sept].”
“Nigeria will be as clean as any other country as far as Ebola virus disease is concerned.”
Should we believe this news ? how true is this ?