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Ebola: Jonathan approves $11.6m as emergency funds

08/08/2014 18:59
President Goodluck Jonathan has on Friday declared a national state of emergency over the Ebola outbreak, while approving $11.6m (about N1.9bn) as emergency funds to contain the spread of the virus.
The decision was the outcome of an emergency meeting with officials to deliberate on actions to be taken, after the country on Thursday witnessed the first Ebola death, which happened to be one of the nurses who attended to the late Patrick Sawyer, Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria.
The decision is contained in a statement by Reuben Abati, Jonathan's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.
The President urged school proprietors across the country to consider extending the holiday period, until a time that the government would have carried out a reassessment of the Ebola threat level in the country.
He added that the approved sum for the Special Intervention Plan was to boost ongoing steps to contain the virus.
He said the it would be used for the establishment of additional isolation centres, case management, contact tracing, deployment of additional personnel, screening at borders, and the procurement of required items and facilities.
He said, "President Jonathan urges that the movement of corpses from one community to the other, and from overseas into the country should be stopped forthwith. Every death should be reported to the relevant authorities, and special precautions should be taken in handling corpses."


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