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US lauds local response to Ebola outbreak

26 September 2014, 08:03

Lagos - Nigeria's response to the deadly Ebola virus disease has been exceptional, the United States Department of State has said.

The statement comes in the wake of President Goodluck Jonathan declaring the country “Ebola-free” at the United Nations General Assembly in the US earlier this week.

“The Government of Nigeria contributed $3.5 million to the ECOWAS effort and 500,000 to the countries that are affected. Nigeria itself was affected, and I have to say they did an extraordinary job of controlling the situation in Nigeria, and we think that it’s under control now. One index case that led to 19 infections, but almost all of the people were traced, they have been monitored, and so far another case has not been identified,” a senior State Department official was quoted as saying in a statement the department made available to this publication.

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“I particularly want to note that in Africa, where you have countries that normally would not be expected, we’re seeing a tremendous response. The African Union has created a task force that will be providing up to 200 medical workers to go out. African countries have contributed to that.”

The outbreak of the Ebola, which has killed several people locally, has been one of the most topical issues at the UN’s prime meeting in the US.

The UN and a number of member countries pledged their commitment to assist countries affected by the scourge

– CAJ News

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