Abuja - The Federal Government has launched 30 vehicles for surveillance for the Ebola virus, other diseases and emergency responses.
According to a senior government official, the development is part of government intensified efforts to combat the life threatening ailments.
Supervising Minister of Health, Dr Khaliru Alhassan, assured that Government would continue to invest in disease surveillance, preparedness and response to ensure that Nigeria’s ports of entry were secured.
He explained that launching of the vehicles is to support surveillance and emergency preparedness and response activities adding that the vehicles will be stationed at some Nigeria’s key ports of entry and to communicate between operating centres and surveillance offices within and across states.
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The minister said the Federal Government remained committed to support State Governments to establish isolation centres and equip them with some of the materials required to begin to respond to outbreaks like that of the EVD.
He assured that Government will continue to strengthen a number of reference laboratories spread across the six geographical regions to facilitate diagnosis of diseases noting that EVD outbreak has also reinforced the need to strengthen infection prevention and research in the country.
Alhassan called on State Governments to continue to strengthen their surveillance and disease outbreak preparedness and responses to ensure that Ebola does not experience resurgence.
Less than ten people died of Ebola after an outbreak that has claimed thousands in neighbouring countries this year.
- CAJ News