This Day (Lagos)

27 August 2014

Nigeria: Ebola - FEC Warns Against Complacency, Says Battle Not Over

Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu Wednesday warned Nigerians not to be complacent against Ebola virus disease, saying the battle against the disease is not yet over.

The minister had on Tuesday said Nigeria had one active case of the infectious Ebola virus.

But while briefing State House correspondents at the end of Federal Executive Council(FEC) meeting jointly with Power Minister, Chinedu Nebo, Chukwu said though Nigeria has successfully contained Ebola virus, it has not eliminated the disease

"As we speak, there is a case we are still managing. And even that case we are still managing must also have had her own 3rd degree contacts, many of whom are part of this number of people that are under surveillance.

"So until we give a clean bill of health to every contact, we cannot even say we have eliminated the disease" he stressed.

While noting that Nigeria remains at risk to Ebola, Chukwu added that "we will only stop being at risk when the very last case of Ebola virus disease under this current epidemic has gone".

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