The Federal Government has described as false, reports circulating on social media that the Ebola Virus Disease has spread into Nigeria.
In a statement signed by the Director, Media and Public Relation for the Federal Ministry of Health, Boade Akinola, the Permanent Secretary to the ministry, Abdullaziz Mashi Abdullahi, called on members of the public to disregard the rumour and discourage the circulation of any unverified information, which he said, could cause harm to innocent people and unnecessary panic among the citizens.
He assured that 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 importation into Nigeria.
To this effect, every sick passenger has been properly screened and ‘’I can say categorically that none of the patients screened has tested positive for Ebola or any deadly disease.’’
The Permanent Secretary noted that 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 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda is low.
He also assured that the government is not resting on its oars in view of trading activities of Nigerians and remains fully committed to protecting the health of all Nigerians.
The Ministry however advised that necessary protocols be strictly adhered to in line with international Health Regulations.