Ebola crisis: Nigeria declared free of virus

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Late Nurse Justina Ejelonu

Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz, speaking in the capital Abuja, said it was a "spectacular success story".
Nigeria won praise for its swift response after a Liberian diplomat brought the disease there in July.
The outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa, mostly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
An estimated 70% of those infected have died in those countries.
The WHO officially declared Senegal Ebola-free on Friday.

Meanwhile Nigerians from all works of life have Praised President  Goodluck Jonathan for his astute  Leadership in confronting the Ebola challenge decisively. Many of those interviewed by Factnews reporters also expressed their appreciation to the Minister of Health, Dr Onyebuchi Chukwu as well as Governor Raji Fashola of Lagos state for their efficient and dogged contributions that lead to the heart warming achievement of defeating Ebola in Africa's most populous country.

It will be recalled that an American of Liberian origin, Patrick Sawyer, was the index case who introduced Ebola virus to Nigeria. Unfortunately, some of the medical personnel involved in his initial management were infected with some of them, including Dr Stella Adedevoh and Nurse Obioma Justina Ejelonu, losing their lives.

Culled from BBC News

Photo: Late Nurse Justina Ejelonu

 

Posted on October, 20 2014

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