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Ebola: FG places Port Health Services on alert

By Dan-Maryam Zayamu

Following the outbreak of Ebola diseases Guinea Conakry, the federal government has placed Nigeria’s Port Health Services on alert.
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this at a media briefing organised by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 in Abuja, Monday.
He, therefore, called on call on all Nigerians to limit any travel abroad only to very essential trips, and to altogether avoid high burden countries and countries with particularly deadly disease outbreaks for now, so as not to pick up such diseases or become a vehicle for their importation to our country.
Ehanire explained that: “The Federal Ministry of Health constantly monitors diseases of public health concern around the world and is observing the Ebola disease outbreak in Guinea Conakry with concern.
“Nigeria’s Port Health Services have been put on alert on land, sea and Air borders and all major hospitals have also been put on notice to alert health workers to have a keen index of suspicion and to check patient travel history, especially at Outpatient departments, and report concerns to infectious disease focal persons and the State epidemiologists without hesitation.
“Stricter infection prevention and control measures, including Personal Protective measures, must be taken immediately there is reason to suspect. Nigeria is willing to send experienced volunteers from our Centres of Excellence on Viral haemmorrhagic fever, to support WHO measures to contain Ebola resurgence in our West African subregion.
“It is important to protect the subregion from the catastrophic burden of dealing with two severe diseases of public health concern.”
According to the Minister, the federal government will continue to work with West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) and WHO on strategies to bring this outbreak under control and shall provide regular updates on preparedness, containment and response measures in due course.

Written by ExpressDay

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