Following the recent outbreak of Ebola in neighbouring African countries, the Federal Government has stated that it has set up surveillance at points of entry across the country to prevent another influx of the disease in seven years.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, PTF on Covid-19, Mr Boss Mustapha disclosed this on Monday in Abuja during the routine press briefing of his team.
He said the government is closely monitoring the situation to avoid having to combat two deadly diseases at the same time, with the coronavirus pandemic already overwhelming the nation’s health sector.
“The PTF is enhancing surveillance at points of entry to respond to the recent outbreak of Ebola in neighbouring countries, especially, Guinea and the Congo DCR.
“This is not a task for Government alone but for all Nigerians and indeed all members of the public have a role to play,” the SGF added.
On the fight against Covid-19, he added that the government has made funds available for the repair of 36 oxygen plants across the country to make oxygen closely available to patients when needed.
“The Oxygen strategy we are pursuing nationwide under case management is receiving the needed support from the Global Fund. This will involve the repairs of 36 plants nationwide. The process is ongoing and you will be briefed as it progresses.
“The objective is to make sure that oxygen is available within the shortest possible travelling distance for hospitals to procure for patients. As you are aware, the President has already approved the repairs of existing plants around the country,” Mustapha added.
It would be recalled that the Ebola virus was introduced into Nigeria on July 20, 2014, after an infected Liberian man arrived by aeroplane in Lagos, Africa’s most populous city.
The man, who died in hospital five days later, set off a chain of transmission that infected a total of 19 people, out of which seven died. However in October the same year, Nigeria reached the 42-day mark of no new infection and was subsequently declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization, WHO.

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