Nigeria Calls For Vigilance As Ebola Breaks In DR Congo

  Nigeria Calls For Vigilance As Ebola Breaks In DR Congo

Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, has called for heightened vigilance and intensified awareness efforts on symptoms of hemorrhagic fever, following the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Minister made the call in a statement issued on his behalf by Boade Akinola, Director Media and Public Relations, Ministry of Health.

Adewole advised healthcare providers and members of the public to report any sign of illness to public health officials.

He said in response to the announcement by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on confirmed cases of Ebola in the DRC, government had directed health officials stationed at the ports, to step up inspection activities.

The minister said the symptoms to look out for include fever, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and muscle aches.

He explained that patients with more severe cases would show bleeding under the skin, internal organs or even from mouth and ears.

But he urged Nigerians not to panic as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is equipped to secure the health of citizens.

The Health Minister therefore called on states to begin social mobilisation and media awareness efforts, via TV, Radio, Print and Social Media.

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