Nigerian President Declares State of Emergency over Ebola

Nigerian President Declares State of Emergency over Ebola

ABUJA, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan declared a national state of emergency on Friday over the Ebola outbreak in Africa’s most populous country, and approved 1.9 billion naira ($11.7 million) of emergency funds to contain it.

Nigeria has confirmed seven cases of Ebola in its commercial capital Lagos since a man fell sick on arrival from Liberia, two of whom have died. Several dozen people who came into contact with the man are under surveillance.

Jonathan’s spokesman Reuben Abati said the money would pay to “strengthen steps to contain the virus such as … additional isolation centers, case management, contact tracing, deployment of additional personnel, screening at borders, and the procurement of required items and facilities”.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that West Africa’s Ebola epidemic constituted an international health emergency and the virus, which has killed nearly 1,000 people, could continue spreading for months.

The prospect of Ebola in Lagos, Africa’s biggest city with 21 million people, has ratcheted up alarm about its spread.

Jonathan warned against “spreading false information about Ebola which can lead to mass hysteria, panic and misdirection, including unverified suggestions about the prevention, treatment, cure and spread of the virus.”

He also urged religious leaders to avoid holding large gatherings that might spread the virus, a reference to the many “megachurches” that can draw tens of thousands of faithful from around the West Africa region to their services.

Read the full story at Reuters.

Read More Stories About:

National Security

Breitbart Video Picks