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Jonathan Approves N200 Million To Fight Ebola In Rivers State

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan

Ayo Balogun

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan has approved the released N200 million to the Rivers State government to fight the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD in the state.

A statement from the Federal Ministry of Health and signed by Dan Nwomeh, Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Minister of Health, said “Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the release of N200 million to the Rivers State Government as direct financial support to the state towards the containment of EVD outbreak.”

The statement said for one week now, there had not been a single case of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria as the total number of confirmed EVD cases recorded in Nigeria remained19, with 7 deaths.

“The South African woman who was taken from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and quarantined on suspicion of EVD tested negative for EVD and other viral haemorrhagic fevers and has since been discharged from quarantine and has left the country. Also, a suspected case reported by NLNG tested negative for EVD.

“A number of contacts are still under surveillance in Nigeria, four in Lagos State and 344 in Rivers State. So far, 347 contacts have been discharged from surveillance in Lagos State while 182 contacts have been discharged from surveillance in Rivers State,” it added.


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