President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release of N200 million to the Rivers State Government as direct financial aid to the state towards the containment of Ebola Virus Disease outbreak.
This is just as the federal government assured that there has not been a single case of the virus in Nigeria for one week now.
These were contained in a statement by the Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the Minister of Health, Dan Nwomeh.
Nwomeh disclosed that the South African woman who was taken from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and quarantined on suspicion of EVD, tested negative for the disease and other viral hemorrhagic fevers and has since been discharged from quarantine and has left the country.
The minister’s media aide added that a suspected case reported by NLNG also tested negative for EVD.
Part of the statement read, “The total number of confirmed EVD cases recorded in Nigeria remains 19, with 12 survivors and 7 deaths”.
According to Nwomeh, “a number of contacts are still under surveillance in Nigeria, 4 in Lagos State and 344 in Rivers State. So far, 347 contacts have been discharged from surveillance in Lagos State while 182 contacts have been discharged from surveillance in Rivers State”.