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JICA collaborates with FG to procure Ebola tents in Nigeria

23 April 2015, 07:44Mustapha Lamidi

Abuja - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an international organisation, in collaboration with the Federal Government has procured Ebola tents for victims of the disease in Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement issued by JICA in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the initiative by the government of Japan, through its development agency in Nigeria, the tent is to serve as a decontamination facility to contend the dreaded Ebola disease.

"The government of Japan, through its development agency in Nigeria, JICA, elected to support this laudable feat by procuring tents.

"This will serve as a containment and decontamination facility upon the return of the volunteer healthcare workers/officials to Nigeria from any of the Ebola affected countries.

"Because the occurrence of Ebola in any nation, particularly neighbouring countries in the sub-region poses a veritable threat, Nigeria has extended its intervention strides across borders to Sierra Leone and Liberia," the statement read in part.

Nigeria recorded its first laboratory-confirmed case of Ebola on July 22, 2014.

Also read: Govt dismisses new outbreak of Ebola

The disease rapidly struck 20 individuals leading to eight mortalities.

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, which started in November 2013 in Guinea, rapidly spread and by 2014 it became established in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

According to the statement, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that every patient suspected of Ebola, be quarantined and isolated for a period of 21 days, which equals the incubation period of the EVD.

The statement further said that the facility was an important accessory on the quest to fulfil the best-practice recommendation in fighting the disease.

It said JICA in 2014 procured 1,850 units of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing to minimise the risk of exposure of health workers attending to Ebola-afflicted victims in the country. 


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