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Health Ministry on high alert amid Ebola fears

10 April 2014, 09:59

Lagos - Government says it is taking necessary steps to ensure quick response in the event of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.

Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chuckwu, admitted that the country is a potential threat as the virus was fast spreading across the Central and West African countries

"Nigeria is in danger," the minister warned.

On the country's preparedness in the event of the virus outbreak, Onwebuchi said his ministry had put up some communication material to enlighten citizens.

"We have already approved jingles to be produced in various languages for Nigerian Centre for Disease Control to be aired on radio, TV and newspaper adverts," he said.

“We are also working with religious bodies, communities, traditional rulers and the media, just like we are doing for polio, which is most important in this venture. We also counting on the media to help us educating Nigerians," he added.

The minister urged Nigerians to improve their personal hygiene.

"The first thing I do after returning from work is to wash my hands. The second thing is that before you eat, wash your hands again. Fruits must be washed. Those things we eat from must be washed," he said.

The incurable disease has killed more than two-thirds of those it infected in recent weeks, including including more than 100 in Guinea and 10 in Liberia

- CAJ News

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