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US lauds efforts to stop Ebola spread

19 August 2014, 08:12Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The United States has commended Nigeria's efforts to curb the spread of the Ebola virus.

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, gave the commendation in Abuja while on a visit to the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu.

The envoy said the aim of the visit was to discuss further on the anti-Ebola cooperation between the US government and the Nigerian administration.

Also Read: Liberia 'losing grip on Ebola' as they hunt for patients

The Ambassador also praised the work done at the emergency operation centre and the isolation centre.

“You have all seen the headlines over the weekend, this is an issue that we have to keep working hard on, it may be with us for a while but there are some encouraging signs.

“Your government is doing a good job on contact tracing; I noticed when I flew back here on Thursday night into the country, before I left the plane I filed in the questionnaire.

Also Read: Some who fled Liberia Ebola clinic re-hospitalised

“I was very impressed because I had to put in my seat number which is a very good idea, so that if you have to trace the guy who was seating next to me you will know where I am. I have been very impressed by this thing so I encourage the government of Nigeria to keep at it, which I know they will,” he said.

He added that the two countries had a broad partnership to keep collaborating, cooperating and working hard to make the world a better place.

More than 1 000 people have died in West Africa from Ebola this year.

Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, who died of the disease two weeks ago in Lagos, was the first local casualty.

- CAJ News


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