The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Ogun State branch, has said the recent declaration of Nigeria free of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by the World Health Organisation (WHO), does not confer immunity on the country against the disease.
The body noted that the containment of the disease had not made the country free until the last contact in other countries ravaged by the disease was declared free.
Stating this on Wednesday was the state chairman of the association, Dr Adenike Odewabi, in her welcome address at the 2014 Physician Week with the theme: “War Against Ebola,” held in Abeokuta.
“This Ebola war is a war that we must fight and a war we must win. If indeed there is a time to wage war, no better time will likely exist than now when no case of it is being reported in any corner of the nation. An occasion like this creates the opportunity to call all and sundry to arms against our common enemy, Ebola.
“As we bask in the euphoria of this success, let me draw your attention to the fact that the recent containment of Ebola and its control does not confer immunity on Nigeria. Indeed, no country in the world is immune to the epidemic. Nigeria is Ebola-free but indeed, Nigeria is not free from Ebola not until the last contact is declared Ebola-free in the ravaged countries of West Africa,” she said.
She appealed to all stakeholders in the health sector not to rest on their oars by increasing the level of awareness among the populace through public health enlightenment at various centres.
Odewabi also urged the Federal Government to render assistance to countries ravaged with the disease in West Africa as one of the ways to contain the virus.
SOURCE: NIGERIAN TRIBUNE
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