NewsExpress advert Yudala banner
Breaking: Jonathan declares state of emergency over Ebola

By News Express on 08/08/2014

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 2,241


President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan this afternoon in Abuja declared the control and containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, a National Emergency.

“Accordingly, the President has directed the Federal Ministry of Health to work in collaboration with the State Ministries of Health, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant agencies to ensure that all possible steps are taken to effectively contain the threat of the Ebola virus in line with international protocols and best practices,” Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) Reuben Abati said.

According to Abati in a statement, “President Jonathan also approved a Special Intervention Plan and the immediate release of N1.9 billion for its implementation, to further strengthen on-going steps to contain the virus such as the establishment of additional isolation centres, case management, contact tracing, deployment of additional personnel, screening at borders, and the procurement of required items and facilities.

“The President commends the vigilance of aviation and health authorities in Lagos who identified and isolated the index case in Nigeria, the late Patrick Sawyer, an American-Liberian who flew into the country.

“He also applauds the good work of health authorities at both State and Federal levels who have traced persons who had contact with him, isolated other identified cases and embarked on massive public enlightenment.

“President Jonathan calls for even greater vigilance and co-operation at all levels to stop the Ebola virus from spreading further.

“As the effective implementation of the Federal Government’s Special Intervention Plan will require other stakeholders to take certain precautionary steps that are supportive of the government’s initiative, the President calls on members of the public to follow all directives by health authorities and report any suspected Ebola case to the nearest health facility for immediate medical attention. 

“He also enjoins the public to desist from spreading false information about Ebola which can lead to mass hysteria, panic and misdirection, including unverified suggestions about the prevention, treatment, cure and spread of the virus. 

“President Jonathan urges that the movement of corpses from one community to the other, and from overseas into the country should be stopped forthwith. Every death should be reported to the relevant authorities, and special precautions should be taken in handling corpses.

“Religious and political groups, spiritual healing centres, families, associations and other bodies should, in the meantime, discourage gatherings and activities that may unwittingly promote close contact with infected persons or place others at risk.

“Public enlightenment agencies, including privately-owned media organs should support government’s efforts and disseminate correct information in all Nigerian languages, about preventive personal hygiene measures, the nature of the Ebola virus, modes of transmission and consequential steps to be taken in the event of infection. 

“President Jonathan appeals to State governments and private daycare, nursery, primary and secondary schools owners to consider the option of extending the current school holiday until such a time when a national reassessment of the level of the Ebola threat is conducted. 

“The President further directs the National Emergency Management Agency and similar agencies at the state level to strengthen their public enlightenment campaigns and to use their networks to distribute hand sanitisers and other protective items nationwide. He has also directed the aviation and health authorities to embark on immediate intensification of the screening of travelers at all the nation’s borders.

“President Jonathan reassures everyone that the Government of Nigeria will continue to take every step, deploy all resources, and mobilize every support and assistance to check the spread of Ebola in the country.

“Medical workers and other health professionals are expected to regard this declaration of a National Emergency as a patriotic call to duty and service.”

•Photo shows doctors engaged in the war against Ebola.

Source News Express

Posted 09/08/2014 01:41:35 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Emir and 2 wives confirmed killed in Saudi...

Brazil 2014 World Cup SHOWDOWN: Nigeria dominates Iran...

Conduct Bureau warns ministers: Declare assets or face...

FG deports 3 Koreans, bans them from entering...

Okonjo-Iweala faults Buhari Administration on alleged diversion of...

US now to give priority to Christian refugees...

Boko Haram chief butcher sings in police net,...

Presidency raises the alarm over fake Buhari tweet...

N8B Currency Scam: Court dismisses bail application by...

How Chibok people waited in vain for Jonathan...

Gallant soldier bags accelerated promotion for exceptional performance...

Jonathan’s veto, Buhari’s lesson, By Olusegun Adeniyi

 

Latest News Boko Haram attack: Yobe parents submit list of 105 missing school girls Nigerian international businessman dies in Germany after brief illness FG approves ICT academy for 6 geo-political zones NAF trains 500 Special Forces on counter-terrorism, aircraft anti-hijack NCC gives condition for buyers of 9mobile Buhari assures Niger Delta of rapid development Kogi Governor in another voter registration controversy CBN boosts forex market with $321.4m Reckless Govt. House driver jailed 7 years for causing death of Prof. Festus Iyayi Abduction of Yobe schoolgirls a national disaster: Buhari FG assures stakeholders of safe maritime domain Migrants accuse Libyan Coast Guard of abuse

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (326,631 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (318,435 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (255,199 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (209,319 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (194,964 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (188,025 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (163,752 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (147,001 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (140,577 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (129,808 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (128,386 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (123,351 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (34) Business (2,906) Business Verdict (34) Columnists (805) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (203) Entertainment (446) Features (549) Global Business Monitor (226) International (1,802) Interviews (143) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (105) News (33,079) Opinion (884) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,522) Religion (684) Sports (1,440) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

Football president George Weah puts Liberian army to the test

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement