After containing Ebola, Nigeria not prepared for disease epidemics


By Sola Ogundipe & Chioma Obinna

The 2014 outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, is unforgettable in the minds of every Nigerian.  Although the initial response to the outbreak suggested the country was not prepared, it nevertheless got its act together and within 93 days, successfully contained the deadly disorder. However that was not before a total of 20 infections nine deaths were recorded.

Ebola Isolation Centre, Lagos.

It was a period personal hygiene became one of the most important aspects of life. Awareness was at its highest and most Nigerians shunned the traditional handshake out of fear of contracting Ebola.

In public and private, the hand sanitizer became the symbol of safety and protection from infection. Corporate organisations raised the level of environmental sanitation. At every point,handwash basins with soap and/orsanitiserswere strategically positioned. Today,…

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