SOKOTO – The Minister of State for Health, Dr Khalliru Alhassan, on Saturday said the Federal Government had procured vehicles for effective patrol of the nation’s borders to prevent further spread of Ebola virus.
The minister said: “we are collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Interior and all its agencies in this direction.
Alhassan said government had formed a specialised rapid response team to totally deal with the menace.
He said the team comprised doctors, medical laboratory scientists and other medical professionals.
The minister added that the team also included medical experts from the centres for disease control from (Atlanta) USA, Geneva, Medicins Sans Frontiers and other Nigerian health professionals. [eap_ad_1] “Nigeria is not yet out of the woods, but the federal government is fully prepared to contain the problem.
“The major challenge is getting the understanding of Nigerians, especially those under quarantine’’, he added.
Alhassan said 13 cases of the Ebola disease were confirmed, including the importer of the disease, Liberian Patrick Sawyer.
According to him, seven persons have been discharged, while six, including Sawyer, died of the Ebola virus.
“Over 400 persons are still under watch, while one case is outstanding in Lagos, with two isolation centres in operation in Lagos and Port Harcourt’’, he explained.
On doctors’ residency programme, the minister said government had not sacked any resident doctor.
“The federal government only stopped the residency programme because they went on strike.
“The programme is intact but government will review it and assess the situation with a view to making it more vibrant’’, Alhassan added. (NAN)