The return of Ebola, how prepared is Nigeria?

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It was in July 20, 2014 that Nigeria had its dosage of Ebola, when a Liberian envoy, Patrick Sawyer, brought the virus to the country through Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos. The man died five days later.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO)’s report, a total of 19 people were infected with the deadly virus, of which seven people died, including Ameyo Adadevoh, the heroic physician who placed Sawyer in quarantine despite pressures from the Liberian government.

The Federal Government, state governments, international community, and Nigerians fought the deadly virus to the end.

Following the 42-day compulsory watch, on October 20, 2014, exactly three months after the outbreak, WHO officially declared Nigeria Ebola-free.

In Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a handful of the outbreak continued on a regular interval until few days ago when a fresh outbreak erupted, which has been described as the second-largest (outbreak) in the history of the disease.

After years of preparation and protective measures against the importation of the virus, the virus finally found its way into Uganda, through a five-year old boy who had made cross-border journey to the neigbouring DRC.  The little boy died, making it the first case of Ebola reported in the country. Two people have also reportedly dead and many have reportedly been infected with the virus, according to a BBC report.

“The Ministry of Health Uganda and WHO have confirmed a case of Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in Uganda” the Ugandan Ministry of Health said in its Twitter handle, @MinofHealthUG.

In response to the recent outbreak, the World Health Organisation, which has twice ruled that Ebola outbreak has not constituted a global emergency, had its International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee meeting, Friday.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO, said the committee will review the current Read More...