Following the two deaths and infection of three others by the raging Ebola outbreak in Uganda that spread from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has intensified preparedness for infectious diseases.
However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said more than 2,000 cases of the epidemic had been recorded in DRC since last August when the Central Africa nation declared a 10th outbreak in North Kivu province with an overall death toll of 1,405.
The NCDC said Nigeria was better prepared to contain any possible epidemic, as it had continuously developed capacity for response in this regard.
Consequently, the centre yesterday signed a joint declaration of intent with Germany’s national public wellbeing institute, Robert Koch Institute (RKI), to strengthen health security in the country. Read more