Nigeria is at moderate risk of experiencing an Ebola outbreak according to the National Centre For Disease Control (NCDC).
This according to the disease control centre is a result of the country’s proximity to Guinea, which recently experienced an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
The centre disclosed this in its health advisory released on Thursday.
The NCDC noted that the cases and deaths were reported in the N’zerekore region of the country, declaring that measures to prevent the outbreak of EVD are in place.
“The NCDC has an existing multisectoral National Emerging Viral Haemorrhagic Diseases Working Group (EVHDWG). This group coordinates preparedness efforts for EVD and other emerging viral hemorrhagic diseases. The EVHDWG has carried out a risk assessment on the possibility of transmission of the virus to Nigeria. Given the proximity of Guinea to Nigeria and other West African countries as well as other indicators, Nigeria has been placed at moderate risk of an EVD outbreak. The outputs from this risk assessment are being used to initiate preparedness activities in-country.
“Several measures have been put in place to prevent and mitigate the impact of a potential EVD outbreak in Nigeria. A National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) operating from NCDC’s Incident Coordination Centre (ICC) is on alert mode. We have a team of first responders on standby, ready to be deployed within 24 hours in the event of an EVD outbreak in Nigeria.
“We have also established testing capacity for EVD at the NCDC National Reference Laboratory. The NCDC will continue working with states to strengthen preparedness activities across the country,” the advisory said.