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Jonathan urges Nigerians not to panic over Ebola virus

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday urges Nigerians to avoid panic and remain alert to check further spread of the Ebola virus in the country.

President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan

Jonathan made the statement in a speech delivered by his vice, Namadi Sambo, during the inauguration of the first National Trauma Centre at the National Hospital, at the FCT.

the President, enjoined all Nigerians to take precautionary measures against the disease, saying that the government had put in place measures and facilities for detection and management of the disease.

“It will also be appropriate, at this time, to say a few words about the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak, which has taken the lives of many in some West African countries and of which we have recorded two deaths here in Nigeria.

“It is regrettable that the emergence of the disease on our shores was due to migration and transmission.

“It is important that we avoid panic and take the highest possible care in hygiene and contact, and by adhering to guidelines issued by the Federal Ministry of Health.

“We have put measures and facilities in place for detection and management and are working in concert with the international community to stem its spread. We must remain at high alert.“

Jonathan said that the provision of the Trauma Centre was in fulfillment of the cardinal objective of the ongoing transformation agenda of his administration, as prioritised in the National Strategic Health Development Plan.

According to him, the Federal Government is modernising medical diagnostics as well as upgrading several tertiary healthcare facilities to meet international standards.

“We have also progressively improved healthcare financing and priority interventions.

“We are determined to realise our transformational goals in the health sector by adequately funding the sector both in the provision of infrastructure, as exemplified by the construction of this Trauma Centre, as well as ensuring a conducive environment for the workforce.

“Let me also, emphasise that a Trauma Centre functions optimally when its component units work together.

“As health personnel, you are all integral to the delivery of the comprehensive care that would be needed by distressed patients,“ he said.


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