When Sawyer first brought the dreaded Ebola to Nigeria, there was tension, palpable fear and panic everywhere, especially in the highly populated mega city of Lagos. But, both the Federal government and the Lagos state government swung into action to deal with the Ebola crisis. They effectively handled the spread of Ebola disease first by containment, that is containing the disease from spreading, this they were able to achieve by doggedly quarantining those already affected and then they doggedly treated those confirmed to have contacted the Ebola disease. Well finally the good news from The World Health Organization filtered in on Monday as Nigeria was officially declared an Ebola-free State.
Nigeria follows Senegal which was officially declared free of the deadly virus on Friday.
WHO Nigerian representative, Rui Gama Vaz, who spoke in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, hailed Nigerian authorities for their aggressive approach that led to the containment of the disease, after a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer brought it to Lagos in July and died a few days later inside a Lagos hospital.
“The virus is gone for now. The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated.
“This is a spectacular success story that shows to the world 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,” the WHO representative said.
Nigerian confirmed 19 Ebola cases including 7 deaths.
Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are the three African countries still battling the disease. The WHO says over 4500 persons have died from the disease since the latest outbreak.
The United States and Spain are presently battling to contain the virus after it surfaced there.
The Nigerian government as well as various state governments can be proud of themselves as, together they have effectively defeated the Ebola virus.