Ebola Crisis in West Africa: Nigeria is Ebola-Free as Worse Affected Countries Get Logistics to Fight Ebola / Africa News

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Nigeria is free from the deadly Ebola virus after the virus spread into the country from Liberia and killed 8 people.

Liberian-American diplomat, Patrick Sawyer carried the disease into the country from Liberia in July and Nigeria’s health authorities have been relentless in their effort to fight the disease.

The announcement from the world’s health body was made on Monday after determined doctors, nurses and volunteers helped end the spread of the disease in Nigeria.

The World Health Organization says has killed 4,546 people

WHO says Ebola has killed 4,546 people across the three most-affected countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. There are concerns that the disease may collapse the economies of these countries.

World Health’s Organization representative in Nigeria, Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in the Nigerian Executive capital, Abuja that Nigeria’s story is a spectacular success story which should be emulated by the rest of the world to fight the disease.

“This is a spectacular success story, it shows that Ebola can be contained, but we must be clear that we have only won a battle, the war will only end when West Africa is also declared free of Ebola”, he said.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s President who is currently serving as the chairman for West Africa’s regional block, the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) told the BBC African Service in an interview that vital supplies and resources to tackle Ebola have been distributed to the worse affected countries.

President Mahama said treatment centers were being set up in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and called for personnel rather than only logistics.

“Vehicles, motorcycles and other means of transport are going in there. There’s more protective clothing being provided, but there is no need for us to duplicate each other and have more treatment centers when we do not have volunteers and health workers to treat the people in the treatment centers”.

“It must be a balance of things, closing all the gaps that exist and make sure that optimally the resources are going towards containing the disease”, he said.

The European Union said it has spent more than 500m Euros for the fight against the disease while the UK is still pressing for more funds to be made available to help the worse affected countries.

The Director for the Center of Disease Control (CDC) in the United States, Dr. Thomas Frieden has said that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is likely to become the next HIV/AIDS the world has to fight.

According to health experts, Ebola Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and breakdown of central nervous system. The disease is said to spread by body fluids such as blood or saliva.

Fatality rate is said to be around 90% but current outbreak has a mortality rate of about 55% and incubation period is 2 to 21 days. There is no proven vaccine or cure as at now but supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhea and vomiting can help recovery.

Issaka Adams / NationalTurk Africa News

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