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Ebola gave Nigeria opportunity to fix health sector – Minister; says number of infected persons drops


health ministerThe Federal Government yesterday announced that Nigeria is left with only three people infected with the Ebola virus disease as other victims of the virus have been treated and discharged. Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu said the outbreak of the disease gave the country opportunity to effect some positive changes in the society. He was speaking in Abuja during a one day National Youth and Student Leaders sensitisation lecture on Ebola prevention and management organised by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on youth and student matters Comrade Jude Imagwe. “Nigeria as at today (yesterday) discharged some of those who tested positive to the Ebola virus disease. We have only three Nigerians who have Ebola virus and they are under treatment,” the minister announced. He added that the people who had secondary contacts with the Liberian Patrick Sawyer who imported the virus to Nigeria are now six under observation. “Ebola gave us the opportunities to re-build our public health properly, to police our borders, for our health workers to protect themselves properly and its test has also revealed more HIV patients as they come out openly to say they have HIV and not Ebola. Even though we have lost some patriots, their death will not be in vain,” the minister said.[eap_ad_2] He called for more volunteers to assist the government in containing the spread of the virus, adding that the shaking of hands should be suspended for now. While appreciating all their partners such as WHO that have worked with them in containing the spread of the virus, the minister promised that the private hospitals will be supported so as not to stop attending to malaria patients. Speaking earlier, Imagwe noted that nothing has set fear in the minds of Nigerians like the Ebola outbreak, saying Patrick Sawyer brought it to plant fear into Nigerians and reduce the Nigerian population. He said the level of government response in containing the outbreak shows that Nigeria is working and functional in spite of all the challenges. However, it was after the minister’s speech that one of the three Ebola patients currently on treatment died. Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, the female doctor who treated Patrick Sawyer at First Consultants Clinic, Obalende, Lagos, died yesterday evening after being in coma for several days. With her death, it means there are currently two Ebola patients on treatment in Nigeria.[eap_ad_3]

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