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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Govt of India high commission in Abuja, Nigeria advisory on ebola virus


Advisory regarding Ebola virus disease, August 8th, 2014

The Liberian born US national Patrick Sawyer who died in Lagos on July 25, 2014 was the first Ebola casualty in Nigeria and also outside Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia in this year’s outbreak, in which 1700 people have been infected and over 900 have died since March. The World Health Organization, after a two day emergency meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, has declared the spread of Ebola in West Africa an International Health Emergency

2.           In Nigeria, there have been 7 confirmed cases of Ebola as on date including late Sawyer. 6 others are Nigerian doctors, nurses and airport staff. One nurse died three days ago. There are 70 primary and secondary contacts including 48 passengers who landed in Lagos and airport & immigration personnel and hospital staff who attended on late Sawyer are under surveillance.  

3.            At a briefing given to the diplomatic corps in Abuja b y the Nigerian Minister for Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, (i) Nigeria has declared Ebola outbreak a national emergency and is taking steps to contain its spread, (ii) All State governments are to take proactive measures including training of medical personnel to mitigate possible complications, (iii) A centre has been set up in Lagos comprising a six-member inter-agency team drawn from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, the US CDC (Centre for Disease Control),  WHO, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to work on Ebola in Nigeria, (iii)  Authorities emphasize personal hygiene at homes and outside as an important precautionary measure. (iv) Isolation wards have been provided in hospitals in all States and Federal Capital Territory. (v) Government has not yet decided to close its borders with neighboring countries but considers the situation in Nigeria as ‘not yet critical’, but one of alert.   (vi) Ministry of Health has launched a website – www.ebolaalert.org and a 24&7 toll free number - 0800EBOLAHELP to provide information on Ebola. (vii) Authorities have conveyed that if advance information can be provided to them of incoming delegations, special care will be taken of such delegations. -

4.           The Mission would advise all Indian residents in Nigeria and those planning to undertake unavoidable travel to Nigeria to adhere to the dos and don’ts circulated by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, government of India (Annexure). As the disease is not airborne and is transmitted only through contact with body fluids of the affected, personal hygiene is a critical preventive measure. For any assistance, following officials of the High Commission of India in Nigeria may be contacted:

Shri Sharad Srivastava, First Secretary (Consular)
Email: cons1.abuja@mea.gov.in, Tel: 00234-9021396919

Shri V.D.Choudhry, Second Secretary
Email: hoc.lagos@mea.gov.in , Tel: 00234-8128308752

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