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We have measures to stem recurrence of Ebola Virus outbreak, says Prof. Oke


Lagos- The Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) said on Friday it had put measures in place to guard against a recurrence of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak.

Prof. Wale Oke, the Chief Medical Director, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the danger had not been fully averted.

He said that there was still risk of cross-border transmission from the high risk countries such as Liberia and Sierra Leone.

“Not only did we completely eradicate the disease in Nigeria, we actually were able to save a lot more people that would have died.

“Consequent upon this fact, the hospital, through its emergency committee, has put modalities in place as a form of proactive response to unprecedented epidemic of the Ebola Virus Disease, popularly known as EVD.

“We have eradicated it, but the chances of another Sawyer coming in should not be over looked.

“So, LASUTH has put up structures in place to combat any possible epidemic and this also cuts across the State-owned hospitals.

“And what the commissioner told us was: we must make sure that we have our antenna, our alarm button up so that we can safely manage if another one comes in.“

NAN reports that World Health Organisation (WHO) on Oct.20 made a declaration that Nigeria had contained the virus and was Ebola-free. (NAN)

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