- The friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo over the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the centra African country
- The Eagles are expected to face DR Congo on May 28 as part of their preparation ahead of the incoming 2018 World Cup in Russia
- But with the recent outbreak of the virus in the area they are fears the match might be cancelled
The Nigeria football federation (NFF) may cancel the already scheduled international friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo following a fresh outbreak of Ebola in the central African country.
The Eagles are expected to face DR Congo on May 28 as part of their preparation ahead of the incoming 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Ebola is a popular disease among the Nigerian locals as there were cases of the virus being reported in Nigeria - but was swiftly handled by the Nigerian authorities.
The killer virus Ebola is a fast-spreading disease that kills its sufferers in a matter of days. The virus spreads by direct contact with body fluids, such as blood, of an infected human or other animals. This may also occur through contact with an item recently contaminated with bodily fluids.
BBC Africa, however reports that the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has announced that it is taking swift action to make sure Ebola does not enter the country. This leads to the possibility of the game not holding in order to avoid the disease spreading to Nigeria.
Speaking on the outbreak, NIS spokesperson Sunday James told BBC Yoruba that immigration officials would tighten vigilance at airports and make more use of thermometers to screen passengers. He said:“We are sending a signal to all entry points in the country. The intention is to ensure that any suspected case can be promptly handed over to health officials at the airports. This is a matter which everybody must be concerned about. All hands must be on deck,”
The deadly Ebola disease also spread to Nigeria when Patrick Sawyer, who was infected with the virus, flew into the country from Liberia.
Eight people died, including Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevo, who first attended to Mr Sawyer and helped to ensure a more devastating outbreak was avoided in Nigeria.
Legit.ng previously reported that Ebola deadly virus, that raged in some West African countries several years ago, has staged a return in northwest part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), killing 17 people.
Congo’s health ministry on Tuesday, May 8, described the fresh outbreak as a “public health emergency with international impact.”
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