The World Organization (WHO) has officially declared that Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission.
A statement issued by the WHO and copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday said: “The lines on the tabular situation reports, sent to WHO headquarters each day by its country office in Nigeria, have now been full of zeros for 42 days.”
“This is a spectacular success story that shows that Ebola can be contained. The story of how Nigeria ended what many believed to be potentially the most explosive Ebola outbreak imaginable is worth telling in detail.”
It said such a story could help the many other developing countries that were deeply worried by the prospect of an imported Ebola case and eager to improve their preparedness plans.
The statement said many wealthy countries, with outstanding health systems, may have something to learn as well.
It said the complete story also illustrates how Nigeria had come so close to the successful interruption of wild polio virus transmission from its vast and densely-populated territory.
“As sometimes fortunately happens in public health, one success breeds others when lessons and best practices are collected and applied.”
It said the Ebola virus entered Lagos on July 20, via an infected Liberian air traveller, who died 5 days later. Nigeria recorded 20 cases with eight deaths. GNA