US Government Lauds Nigeria’s Management Of Ebola

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Updated August 19, 2014

US GovernmentThe United States Government has said that it is pleased with the efforts of the Nigerian Government at containing the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.

The U.S. Consul-General, Mr Jefrey Hawkins, confirmed that alongside Nigeria and other international health professionals, eight highly trained experts on Ebola Virus Disease, from the US Centre for Disease Control have been involved in the containment of the disease in Nigeria.

“The CDC team as I mentioned, about eight people right now, they are all very firmly integrated into the emergency operation center and they’ve been able to provide expertise in a number of different areas across the spectrum from general response to outbreaks such as this one to port health security, protective personal equipment, taking leadership from the Nigerian side and figuring out what they need,” he said.

The U.S. CDC team Leader, Dr John Vertiefeuille, also sees the discharge of the Ebola patients as morale boosting and an encouragement in the continued fight against the disease.

“I think it it can’t be overstated how important it was for the government to recognize this threat early and to take decisions based on their successful experiences with polio over the last two years.

“There is not a cure for Ebola but there is effective treatment. The effective treatment involves monitoring the patient at the facility, looking at things like the amount of fluid that they need, looking at whether they need electrolytes, and other issues that come up with the patient through their courses disease that can be managed and if those services are provided the number of people who survived the disease goes up considerably.

“It’s been very reassuring that those patients have been receiving that care and that care has resulted in some of them being able to go home.”