Looks like the dreaded Ebola Virus which has claimed at least 100s of lives across Central & West Africa may be on it’s way to Nigeria if it isn’t here already. With the first case recorded in neighbouring Ghana, and 10 deaths recorded in Liberia, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that it expects the disease to continue in West Africa for the next few months.
The disease is believed to be spread through physical contact or contact with fluid of infected persons.It has no cure and there are no preventative vaccines. The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, however, said no case of the disease has been reported in Nigeria. He said,
Like you pointed out, Ebola has been moving eastward towards Nigeria. We are already facing danger from Central African Republic, even with what is happening in Congo; people are also migrating to Chad and Cameroon are also in our borders. So Nigeria is in danger.
The minister said the he federal government will now do more to educate Nigerians on the Ebola virus, through leaflets and jingles to be produced in various languages and aired on Radio, TV and newspaper adverts.
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