President Goodluck Jonathan has declared to the United Nations that Nigeria is now free of Ebola.
Jonathan gave this assurance at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, while commenting on the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus disease (EVD) in West Africa. He however called on the global community to act collectively in ensuring that the disease does not become a global disaster.
“While Nigeria was able to respond effectively to control the spread of the disease, the situation in Liberia and Sierra Leone requires sustainable, collective global action to contain,” said Jonathan.
The president noted that Nigeria was able to contain the EVD through the concerted efforts of its healthcare professionals, the World Health Organisation and the country’s international partners.
“…we can confidently say that Nigeria is today, Ebola-free.”
“We have however continued to support efforts at containing the spread of the disease in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. It is pertinent to stress the need for the international community to properly appreciate the enormity of the EVD challenge.
“Indulging in isolationist and discriminatory tendencies will only worsen an already critical situation. To prevent the disease from becoming a global catastrophe, the UN must accord it the concerted effort it deserves,” the President said.