Health experts have identified two more suspected cases of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, a day after the government declared an outbreak of the disease that has killed one man, the United Nations health agency said today.
He said the government had directed health officials stationed at the ports, to step up inspection activities.
This is coming at the heel of the Ebola disease outbreak in the Northern part of Democratic Republic of Congo after 11 suspected cases were reported and three reportedly killed.
"Nigerians are urged not to panic as the Nigeria Center for Disease Control is on ground and equipped to secure the health of citizens". It is a hemorrhagic fever, marked by spontaneous bleeding from internal organs and, in most cases, death.
The health minister, therefore, directed that all Nigerian health workers should maintain a high index of suspicion by screening all fevers for Ebola.
Kalenga said a strong multi-sectoral response, better coordination, public awareness, community engagement and adequate resources would be critical in the country's effort to stop the Ebola spread.
Both Congo and its western neighbor, Republic of Congo, have experienced Ebola outbreaks in the past and global organizations have said they are ready to assist in the event of an epidemic.
Henrietta Yakubu, FAAN's spokesperson, said there was no direct flight from Congo to Nigeria.
Similarly, the minister encouraged members of the public to observe a high level of personal hygiene which included regular hand washing and to also report all cases of fever to the nearest health facility.
Yakubu also assured that all the preventive measures being put in place at the airports were still in place.
Nigeria experienced the Ebola virus in July, 2014 when a Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, who had the virus flew from Liberia to the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos and died five days later.
In December 2016, The Lancet, a medical journal, published results of a WHO-led trial showing that the world's first Ebola vaccine provides substantial protection against the virus.