Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


'Ebola outbreak a national emergency'

07 August 2014, 10:36

Abuja - The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, described the Ebola outbreak in the country as a 'national emergency' on Wednesday.

Chukwu made the statement at an emergency meeting convened by the House of Representatives Committee on Health over the Ebola outbreak in Abuja.

He said that out of six Nigerians diagnosed with Ebola virus, one had died on Tuesday, adding that the other five patients were receiving treatment.

The minister said that everyone in the world now was at risk, adding that the experience of Nigeria had opened the "eyes" of the world to the reality of Ebola.

Also read: New Ebola cases amid fears epidemic 'out of control'

Chukwu faulted a report on the curative powers of Bitter Kola on Ebola.

According to him, no empirical evidence to show that bitter kola will prevent or cure Ebola.

Commenting on the issue, the Project Director, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Prof. Abdulsalami Nasidi, disclosed that 70 Nigerians were currently under surveillance for the diseases.

Nasidi said that Patrick Sawyer arrived Nigeria about two weeks ago, had 70 primary and secondary registered contacts of which 39 were hospital contacts and 22 airport contacts.

Sawyer's contacts it was disclosed comprised officers of the State Security Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, airport support personnel and medical personnel that attended to Sawyer.

Also read: Nigeria rushes to get isolation tents for Ebola

The Director, Port Health Services in the Health Ministry, Dr Sani Gwarzo, said that restrictions had been placed on the repatriation of corpses of Nigerians abroad into the country.

He said that this was part of efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria.

Gwarzo  said  that more personnel were required by the health ministry to man and screen travelers at the country's several travel entry.

Earlier, the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu, said the committee reconvened to find out how many Nigerians was infected with Ebola.

He explained that the committee also sought to know what the ministry had been doing to curb the spread of the virus.

According to him, Ebola is what most Nigerians are currently worried about; measures must be taken to protect Nigerians.

-  NAN


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...