- Amid the battle of the raging coronavirus pandemic, Nigeria is facing another threat known as Marburg virus
- The federal government on Friday, August 13, stated that the country is at low odds of an outbreak
- According to the director-general of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the situation is being closely monitored by the government
The federal government on Friday, August 13, said that Nigeria is at low odds of an outbreak of the Marburg virus,
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, the director-general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) made the disclosure while speaking on Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.
Ihekweazu explained that the government is very aware, adding that they are closely monitoring the situation.
Speaking further, the NCDC boss noted that on Thursday, August 12, a risk analysis team evaluated Nigeria and revealed that the likelihood is low at the moment.
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While noting that the agency is working with the West Africa health organisation and Africa’s Centre for Disease Control to provide support, Ihekweazu advised simple preventive measures to avoid the spread of the virus.
Marburg virus: 4 real truths about the extremely dangerous disease
The Marburg virus was first discovered in the German cities of Marburg and Frankfurt and the Yugoslav capital Belgrade in 1967.
It has taken the centre of medical discus in recent times owing to a life it has claimed on the African continent.
According to WHO, symptoms of the deadly virus include but not limited to severe headache and severe malaise, watery diarrhoea, abdominal pain and cramping. It can spread through human-to-human contact.
FG speaks on lockdown as COVID-19 spike continues in Nigeria
Earlier, the federal government has said it was not considering a lockdown despite the rising cases of COVID-19 infections across the country.
The minister of health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said this on Thursday, August 12, at the weekly ministerial briefing held at the State House in Abuja.
Ehanire said the number of cases was not threatening enough for a lockdown to be considered. On Wednesday, August 11, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 790 cases of new COVID-19 cases.