The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said it has conducted a preliminary risk assessment on Ebola Virus Disease and that the overall risk of importation of disease to Nigeria from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda is low.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director, Prevention and Programmes’ Coordination of the agency, Dr Joshua Obasanya.
“Outbreaks of EVD are known to bear the risk of international spread, hence the rationale for continual evaluation of Nigeria’s potential risk amidst regional trade and flight route within the region. Based on available data, the overall risk of importation of EVD to Nigeria remains low. This is also in line with WHO’s risk assessment for Nigeria. There are no direct commercial flights and no known direct trade routes to Nigeria from Uganda. The current transmission pathway of the disease in Uganda is through unmanned land borders and further away from the capitals of both Uganda and Nigeria.
“However, the Nigeria Ebola Preparedness Team has put in place several measures to ensure adequate preparedness. Our national Emergency Operations Centre, situated at the Incident Coordination Centre in NCDC Abuja, is functional and currently in Alert Mode for EVD. Our team of national first responders is on standby and ready for deployment within 24 hours when the need arises,” Obasanya said.
He said the NCDC has improved point-of-entry screenings in major airports and that the Port Health Services unit of the Federal Ministry of Health was on alert and had heightened screening measures at entry points at Nigerian ports.
The Director, Prevention and Programmes’ Coordination of the NCDC added that designated treatment centres and isolation facilities had been identified.