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World Health Organisation declares Nigeria Ebola-free
| October 21, 2014
The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced today that, after six weeks with no new cases, Nigeria has officially been declared free of Ebola. Speaking in a Buja, WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz said, âThe virus is gone. The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated.â And called Nigeriaâs Ebola efforts a âspectacular success story.â As of Friday, Senegal has also been declared Ebola-free. An Ebola outbreak can be declared over if two incubation periods of 21 days have passed with no new cases. The last reported case in the country was discovered on September 5th. Nigeria was struck with Ebola after Liberian-American diplomat, Patrick Sawyer, brought it to the country in July. Since then, Nigeria has had 20 cases of Ebola and eight deaths. John Vertefeuille from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention attributed Nigeriaâs success in defeating Ebola to the governmentâs quick response in dealing with the disease. He said, âNigeria acted quickly and early, and on a large scale. They acted aggressively, especially in terms of contact-tracing.â Although despite its new Ebola-free status, Nigerian officials know better than to let their guard down. âWe must remain vigilant. Ebola is a highly dangerous virus and we must stay alert to any signs of new infection so that we can respond quickly and effectively,â Hussaini Abdu, the Nigerian country director for the charity ActionAid, said. The outbreak has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa, with Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea suffering the brunt of the Ebola burden.

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"Coming In From The Cold"    In California, U.S.A.    October 22, 2014
This is what I am talking about! When? When I said Nigerians are smart people. Haba! You don forget say I say so? And I don't think this is a hoax. This is for real. Kudos!

Let us not relax though. We need to know, and have the information readily available, what exactly was done for, or to those twelve people who survived? Was it Western medicine or our local "ogbunigbe" medicine that was used to cure them? We need to know "in case of in case" (grammar) of any future occurrence. We don't want to just forget how we did it and start to reinvent the wheel again when that time comes. You know how we are. We should also have some of our hospitals ready for action, in case.

Anyway, I am happy for Nigeria; I am happy for my people. Isaiah 54:17 states that no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. No more Evil (Ebola). The evil has left our country. Thank God.
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Eldoret, KENYA    October 21, 2014
Congratulations Nigeria! This is a cheering news long awaited. I am grateful to the Lagos State Government and her principal officers - Mr. Babatunde Fasola (State Governor) the Commissioner of Health and the Medical Doctors - their courage and commitments. I am also grateful to the Federal Government of Nigeria principal officers - Mr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (President), Minister of Health and Federal Medical Doctors - for collaboration with Lagos State Government in the interest of over 170 million Nigerians.

This was one area where politics was set aside to achieve success. I am proud that the world has at least one thing (how to contain Ebola) to learn from us. While other countries rely on special drugs like Zmap, we advanced simple but holistic approach. I would wish that we build on this achievement in all spheres of our national lives.
God save Nigeria.
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