The Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has alerted residents of the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea.
NCDC mentioned because of the proximity of Guinea to West African international locations, Nigeria has been positioned at reasonable danger of an outbreak.
Instances and deaths had been reported within the N’zerekore area of Guinea. The circumstances had been detected amongst seven individuals who attended the burial of a nurse on the first of February 2021.
The World Well being Group (WHO), Africa Centres for Illness Management (ACDC) and West African Well being Organisation (WAHO) have introduced that they’re supporting the nation’s response actions.
In a press release on Thursday, NCDC mentioned it has an present multisectoral Nationwide Rising Viral Haemorrhagic Illnesses Working Group (EVHDWG).
The group coordinates preparedness efforts for EVD and different rising viral haemorrhagic ailments.
NCDC mentioned a number of measures have been put in place to forestall and mitigate the affect of the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria.
A Nationwide Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) working from NCDC’s Incident Coordination Centre (ICC) is on alert mode.
Additionally, a crew of first responders on standby, able to be deployed inside 24 hours within the occasion of an EVD outbreak in Nigeria.
“We’ve got additionally established testing capability for EVD on the NCDC Nationwide Reference Laboratory. The NCDC will proceed working with states to strengthen preparedness actions throughout the nation.
“The Port Well being Companies of the Federal Ministry of Well being has scaled up screening at factors of entry. The NCDC may even scale up danger communications and different actions.”
The Ebola virus will be transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids of an individual who’s
sick with or has died from EVD.
The virus can enter the physique stream via damaged pores and skin or mucous membranes within the eyes, nostril, or mouth.
It may also be contacted via objects contaminated by contaminated individuals in addition to direct contact with the blood, physique
fluids and tissues of contaminated fruit bats or primates.
To forestall the unfold of Ebola, NCDC suggested members of the general public to scrub arms ceaselessly utilizing cleaning soap and water, and keep away from direct dealing with of useless wild animals.