September 17, 2014 – President Goodluck Jonathan has released the sum of N200 million to the Rivers State Government to fight Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Minister for Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu made the revelation in a press statement stressing that the money is part of government’s direct financial support to the state towards the containment of EVD outbreak.
“Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the release of N200 million to the Rivers State “, he said adding that for one week now, there has not been a single case of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria adding that the total number of confirmed EVD cases recorded in Nigeria remains 19, with 7 deaths.
“The South African woman who was taken from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and quarantined on suspicion of EVD tested negative for EVD and other viral haemorrhagic fevers and has since been discharged from quarantine and has left the country.
“Also, a suspected case reported by NLNG tested negative for EVD. A number of contacts are still under surveillance in Nigeria, 4 in Lagos State and 344 in Rivers State. So far, 347 contacts have been discharged from surveillance in Lagos State while 182 contacts have been discharged from surveillance in Rivers State”, the minister said in a statement signed by Dan Nwomeh Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Minister of Health.