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Public advised against complacency on Ebola

01 October 2015, 09:45Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Linus Awute, has warned Nigeria is still exposed to the Ebola despite being cleared free of the virus.

He cautioned that even though the World Health Organisation certified the country Ebola free in October last year, it still stood at risk from the virus if neighbouring African countries are affected by the scourge.

"He (Awute) has urged Nigerians to continue to maintain good hygiene, especially the habit of regular hand washing," Ezeaja Ikem, the Ministry's Director Press and Public Relations.

Also Read: Bungling by UN agency hurt Ebola response

The recommendation follows the last batch of Nigerian volunteers deployed to help fight the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone and Liberia returning home.

A group of seven volunteers returned on Monday while the last group of four arrived on Tuesday.

Awute received the volunteers at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport Abuja

The Permanent Secretary disclosed that 188 Nigerian volunteers had returned in May this year.

With the return of the last batch from Sierra Leone and Liberia, the voluntary programme has been brought to an end.

- CAJ News

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