Abuja – The Nigerian Academy of Science says that it is collaborating with the Federal Government in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country.
The President of the academy, Prof. Oyewale Tomori, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja Sunday.
He said that members of the academy had been involved in the management of Ebola for a long time in providing guidance in the area of laboratory.
“Our members are involved in organising and coordinating the activities of laboratories, if they do not diagnose properly, we cannot know what we have and how to go about looking for a solution.
“Even before the virus came into Nigeria, scientists had provided support to the Federal Ministry of Health.
“We advised on the need to strengthen port health measures as a means of checking the entry of some of the very deadly diseases, including Ebola into the country,” he said.
According to him, the search for Ebola cure is a worldwide challenge, not that of Nigeria alone.
The president, however, said that the academy had nonetheless been involved in the search for a solution.
“Since the first Ebola virus broke out in 1976, this is the first time we are having it in Nigeria, so it could not be regarded as our sole problem.
“Finding a cure for Ebola, therefore, is getting international response since it is a cross-border menace,’’ he said.
Tomori, a professor of virology, cautioned on the handling of Ebola issues because of the sensitive nature of the virus.
“It is so dangerous that you need the right equipment because it will be suicidal to work with Ebola cases without the right kind of equipment.
“To work with Ebola cases we need to improve on certain things, some basic infrastructures like constant electricity supply and bio-security,” he said.
He advised the Federal Government to look beyond the immediate Ebola crisis by funding the health sector and the development of science in general in the interest of the country.