No Ebola in Abuja—Minister

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The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu

Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, said on Monday, there was no case of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Federal Capital Territory as being speculated.

Chukwu said this in Abuja, while answering questions from newsmen at the second emergency national council on health meeting on the EVD outbreak in Nigeria.

“The person is not a  Liberian, the person is a Nigerian working for a foreign agency.

“He is a sickler, he has crisis; not an EVD.

“As of this morning, there is no single case of suspected or otherwise of EVD in the Federal Capital Territory,” he said.

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A person suspected to be Liberian national was reported to have collapsed suddenly at a USAID workshop at the hotel venue in Abuja.

He was alleged to have been infected with the Ebola virus and was immediately taken to an unknown hospital in Abuja by persons, who did not take any form of precaution.

The minister also described as untrue, the assertion that the emergency numbers provided for the public to call and to report any suspected case of the virus were not working.

“The number of times I tried to do integrity check, they have always responded, but, I promise to take it up with the incident manager,’’ he said.