Posted on Tue 16 May 2017, 07:13 AM

The Nigerian Medical Association has called on the federal government to strengthen its emergency response team at the nations’ borders and improve surveillance at other national routes of entry.

The call follows the recent outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Ebola was first identified in DR Congo (then Zaire) in 1976. Since then, there have been at least eight in the country. The last was in 2014, when - at the same time - parts of West Africa were fighting a separate outbreak, the worst in history.

DR Congo was able to bring an end to its epidemic within four months. In West Africa, which had never experienced an Ebola outbreak before, it took two years.

This time, for the first time, health officials have another weapon they can use. The world has an experimental vaccine that could be deployed if needed.

In a statement signed by the president of NMA Dr. Mike Ogirima, the association expressed readiness to partner with the Federal Ministry of Health to achieve another resounding success on the prevention and control of a fresh outbreak.
 
The NMA also called on all health teams to refresh their knowledge on clinical presentation of Ebola, apply universal basic precautions in patients' care and use the standard protocols of management and reporting of suspected cases.
 

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