President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on 8th August, 2014 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 were taken to effectively contain the threat of the Ebola virus in line with international protocols and best practices.
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.
A statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati said, “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.