The Federal Government has called on Nigerians to disregard rumour of a positive case of Ebola Virus Disease in the country, saying that efforts have been heightened at the various ports of entry into the country to ensure that sick people coming into Nigeria were properly screened.
The Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda have witnessed resurgence of Ebola in their countries lately, with the Ugandan Ministry of Health announcing on June 11, 2019 the first cross-border case in the current outbreak.
In a statement signed by the Director, Media and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health, Boade Akinola, the Permanent Secretary at the ministry, Abdullaziz Abdullahi, stated that in line with the World Health Organisation guidelines, a recent risk assessment conducted by the Nigeria Ebola Preparedness Team indicated that the overall risk of importation of Ebola virus to Nigeria from DR Congo and Uganda was low.
He also described as false an alleged message circulating on the social media purporting a positive case of Ebola Virus Disease in the country.
Abdullahi said, “The Federal Government assures Nigerians that since the reports of outbreak of EVD in the Democratic Republic of Congo, heightened surveillance has been ongoing at the various ports of entry by officials of the Port Health Services division of the ministry to prevent importation into Nigeria. To this effect, every sick passenger has been properly screened and I can say categorically that none of the patients screened tested positive for Ebola or any deadly disease.
“In line with the WHO’s guidelines, a recent preliminary risk assessment conducted by the Nigeria Ebola Preparedness Team, coordinated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control indicated that the overall risk of importation of EVD to Nigeria from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda is low, but we are not resting on our oars in view of trading activities of Nigerians.”