The Federal Government (FG) has called on Nigerians to pay no heed to reports circulating about the outbreak of Ebola in the country.
This was contained in issued by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdullaziz Mashi Abdullahi. He disclosed that the message was false, and could create panic among the citizens.
This comes amid concerns about the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the DRC outbreak which has claimed more than a 1,000 lives and spread to Uganda; killing two persons, is not a global health emergency.
Nigeria’s health ministry says there has been “heightened surveillance” at points of entry. In view of the outbreak in DRC, it nevertheless, stressed that there is no cause for alarm.
‘’I can say categorically that none of the patients screened has tested positive for Ebola or any deadly disease,” Abdullahi was quoted as saying in the statement signed by the ministry’s Director of Media and Public Relations, Boade Akinola.
According to Abdullahi, in line with WHO’s guidelines; a recent preliminary risk assessment conducted by the Nigeria Ebola Preparedness team; coordinated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicated that the overall risk of importation of EVD to Nigeria from DRC and Uganda is low.
“But we are not resting on our oars in view of trading activities of Nigerians,” he added.
He assured Nigerians that the Nigerian Government remained fully committed; while working closely with the WHO, state ministries of health, partners and all other stakeholders; to protect the health them.
“Necessary protocols are being followed in line with International Health Regulations,” he said.
Nigeria had battled Ebola in 2014, recording 20 cases and eight deaths after an infected Liberian-American flew into the country.