The Federal Ministry of Health has dismissed reports of the resurgence of Ebola in Calabar, Cross River State, as a mere rumour.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Mr Linus Awute, told journalists in Abuja that the story which has been making the rounds since Wednesday was a case of an undergraduate student of the University of Calabar who fell ill and was admitted into the university’s teaching hospital.
According to him, although the patient who died seven hours after admission, had symptoms similar to that of the Ebola virus, results from tests already conducted proved negative.
He, however, told the journalists that further test on the blood samples of the deceased was being carried out at the Redeemers University laboratory to identify the nature of the disease that killed the student.
Nigeria’s handling of the Ebola virus outbreak is still receiving commendation from around the world, this time from the United Nations Security Council.
The council members at a session applauded the nation’s prompt and effective response, containment strategy and implementation and urged continued vigilance and improvement on response strategies to keep the disease at bay.
The President of the Council and a Nigerian, Professor Joy Agwu, expressed satisfaction over the development, recognising regional collaborations of the African Union and ECOWAS in fighting the disease, which she describes as a security threat.
She noted that the Ebola disease became a security threat to the world, Africa and Nigeria.
“A programme of work for the month of our presidency, we want ted to highlight the question of Ebola and to make sure it is on the front burner within the international community to make sure that we not only maintain a zero disease but almost at the point where it does not recur,” she said.
She said that UN Council wanted to build linkages between, regional cooperation, considering the nature of the Ebola disease, as a security threat.
Professor Agwu further commended the efforts of other African countries to mobile in the effort to fight back Ebola.