Fred Ezeh, Abuja
Federal government has described as false, the messages circulating in social media that there was a record of a positive case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria.
It urged Nigerians to disregard the information, explaining that recent preliminary risk assessment conducted by the Nigeria Ebola Preparedness team, coordinated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) indicated that overall risk of importation of EVD to Nigeria from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda is extremely low.
Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdullaziz, Mashi Abdullahi, said in a statement released in Abuja, on Wednesday, that, notwithstanding, government was not resting on its oars in view of trading activities of Nigerians with other affected countries.
He said: “Since the reports of outbreak of EVD in the Democratic Republic of Congo, heightened surveillance had been on-going at the various points of entry by officials of the Port Health Services division of the ministry to prevent (the virus’) importation into Nigeria.
“Sick passengers have been properly screened and I can say categorically that no screened patients tested positive for Ebola or any deadly disease.”
He assured Nigerians that government was working in synergy with the World Health Organisation (WHO), state ministries of health, partners and all other stakeholders, to protect the health of all Nigerians.