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Ebola: Ogun Steps Up Surveillance In 20 LGAs

AMOSUNThe Ogun State government has stepped up surveillance against the resurgence of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) across all the 20 local government areas of the state following reports of the resurfacing of EVD in Liberia.

Dr. Daisi Odeniyi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, said in a statement in Abeokuta on Tuesday that currently there was no Ebola case in Nigeria; but to guard against any form of entry of the disease through international contacts, the state government has taken the proactive measures to prevent the return of the disease.

He explained that letters have been written to all the local councils in the state to step up surveillance on all the borders of the state and that community health personnel would also collaborate with the local government officials to carry out the surveillance.

Citing the case of an infected victim who travelled from Lagos to Port-Harcourt at the early discovery of the disease before it was curbed, Odebiyi said community health workers, who had earlier been trained by the ministry on how to handle such cases, would also work together with the council officials.

According to him, the present administration had put all equipment in place to handle any emergency cases, adding that the state may be vulnerable should the disease spread to Nigeria due to its status as gateway to West African countries.

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