The Niger State government has set up surveillance committee across the state in a bid to cheek any occurrence of Ebola virus.
The Chief Medical Director of the General Hospital Minna, Ibrahim Kolo, said that the surveillance became imperative in order to Prevent any infected person from gaining access into the state.
He also stated that an Isolation ward had been set-up in the hospital while doctors and staff of the hospital had been trained on how to identify the symptoms of Ebola at first sight.
The first case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) was reported in Nigeria about 23 days ago when an infected Liberian-America, Patrick Sawyer flew into the country unchecked. He later died few days after.
So far, two deaths have been recorded, including Mr Sawyer, while over 100 persons are under surveillance.
The Federal Government on Tuesday, directed commercial drivers to demand medical reports from sick passengers before conveying them to their destinations.
In an effort to contain the spread of the Ebola virus disease, the Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Monday, directed commercial drivers to demand medical reports from sick passengers before conveying them to their destinations.
Road transport owners have also been advised to seek for a certificate of waiver for corpses before being transported from one part of the country to another.
To further strengthen the on-going steps to contain the virus, President Goodluck Jonathan approved a Special Intervention Plan and the immediate release of 1.9 billion Naira for its implementation.
This newly introduced effort at managing the spread of the Ebola virus through land transport is described as a welcomed development.
Over 1,100 persons have died in West Africa since the outbreak of the disease in the region in February.
On Tuesday, The World Health Organization approved the use of untested drugs for the treatment of patients with the disease, one of which is the Zmapp believed to be effective in the treatment of the disease.