"Nigeria not at risk of Ebola virus" – Minister of State for Health
Dr. Muhammed Pate, the Minister of State for Health, claimed Nigeria was not at risk following the outbreak of Ebola virus in Uganda. According to Pate, the country has a strengthened infectious disease surveillance system.
"Regarding Ebola virus in Uganda, I understand that we are not considered at risk. But regardless of that, we have strengthened infectious disease surveillance system through which diseases like cholera, Lassa fever, meningitis, polio and others are routinely monitored and reported.''
"The country would continue to focus on improving the core public health functions in the sector," he added.
The Ebola virus (EBOV) causes severe disease in humans and in non-human primates in the form of fever and bleeding disorders, and can progress to high fever, shock and death in many cases. The World Health Organisation (WHO) outlined the key facts about the virus, saying that it has a fatality rate of up to 90 %.
According to WHO, Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreaks occur primarily in remote villages in Central and West Africa, near tropical rainforests. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
"Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are considered to be the natural host of the Ebola virus and there is no treatment or vaccine available for either people or animals," WHO further said.