Published: Thu, May 10, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Ebola Outbreak: 4 new cases recorded in North-West DRC

Ebola Outbreak: 4 new cases recorded in North-West DRC

The health ministry said on Thursday it had dispatched a team of 12 experts to the area to try to trace new contacts of the disease, identify the epicentre and all affected villages and provide resources.

The federal government had put in place an emergency programme to monitor all border activity to keep Nigerians safe, Health Minister Isaac Adewole said after a cabinet meeting. The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said it has set aside $250 000 for response to the outbreak while mobilising a team with experience in previous Ebola outbreaks.

The worst Ebola epidemic in history ended in West Africa just two years ago after killing more than 11,300 people and infecting 28,600 in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The World Health Organization (WHO), has in a statement said that the latest confirmation was made after laboratory test results confirmed the two cases out of a sample of five suspected patients.

At least 17 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo where health personnel confirmed an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease.

"Essentially, that implies that the emergency operating centre would be stood down but that instead of meeting everyday throughout the country, they will now meet once a week".

On the ongoing industrial action by the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU), Adewole stated that negotiations were on over the strike in the health sector.

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According to him, President Buhari is one of the strongest brand Nigeria has, going by the level of invitations he has been receiving from world leaders.

On what did President Trump mean by exporting Agric produce to the Nigeria, Onyeama explained "With regards to President Trump and the agriculture question, the secretary of commerce of the USA read the report of U.S. trade representative and as you know the United States trade representative issue report on the trade practices and how those impact on the U.S. and countries around the world". By the level of invitations he has been receiving.

"I think it is an epidemic that we will quickly master".

Kariuki announced Wednesday evening that "as per worldwide health regulations, the country was now conducting routine screening of all travelers at points of entry including JKIA, Busia and Malaba border points".

"He was extremely focused during that visit on Nigeria's interest".

"U.S.is on our side on the fight against insecurity, training and sharing of information".

"We secure the commitment of USA to repatriate large sum of looted money in the country".

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