No vac­cines for Ebola, Dengue dis­eases - FG

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ruby Leo

Min­is­ter of Health Pro­fes­sor Chris­tian Onye­buchi Chukwu at the weekend said that the deadly Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in some West African coun­tries and the Dengue fever have not got any known vac­cines yet.

One case of dengue fever has been con­firmed in Nigeria by the federal govern­ment.

Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion Mr. Labaran Maku had last week stated that Nigeria was tak­ing all pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures “in­clud­ing get­ting the vac­cines and medicines” re­quired to tackle Ebola and dengue out­break in Nigeria.

He said this while ad­dress­ing state house cor­re­spon­dents af­ter the weekly federal ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing chaired by Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan.

Prof Chukwu ex­plained that world­wide, there was no vac­cine for treat­ing ei­ther Ebola or dengue in­fec­tions. He said: “There is no case of Ebola in Nigeria; and we are putting things in place be­cause it is not some­thing you stay and say it will not come.

“So, it is pos­si­ble some­one can visit a place and come back with a dis­ease; it is pos­si­ble. But, we’ve taken time to do sur­veil­lance. We are strength­en­ing ev­ery­thing. So, if we pick a case, we quickly quar­an­tine so that it doesn’t spread to oth­ers.”

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