Video: How Nigeria has succeeded in containing Ebola

According to the latest report (September 18) by the World Health Organization, there have been 21 cases of Ebola and 8 deaths in Nigeria. The WHO has declared the Ebola outbreak effectively controlled and contained in Nigeria, a remarkable feat in a country of 170 million people, where there were widely expressed fears of rapid and uncontrolled disease spread. In this video featuring Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, PBS outlines how Nigeria achieved this feat.

 

EBOLA: How Global Institutions Fail Third World Nations

While thousands are dying of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Africa, top tier World Health Organization (WHO) leaders are sitting around in Geneva pushing files, sharpening pencils, getting facials, pedicure, manicure, and giving a mountain of excuses to cover their calamitous failures in Africa.

Can someone explain to me why a global health agency that has been in existence for decades has not commissioned a study on a dangerous viral disease that has killed millions of people over the decades? Compare that to a few years ago when the SARS virus emerged in the Far East and was quickly eradicated. The WHO approach to the Ebola pandemic is not to eradicate the virus, but to contain it in Africa; create concentration camps in Africa, round up affected patients and their traumatized contacts, seal the gates, and let them all die off, and then cremate their bodies like the Nazis did.

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The Health Literacy Challenge of Controlling Ebola Spread in Nigeria

There is no doubt that Nigeria faces a number of health challenges. The unfortunate and scary emergence of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country has not only compounded the problem, but has also exposed the inherent lapses in our public health system.

There is no known cure for EVD at the moment. However, the furor surrounding the deadly EVD and its attendant casualties has naturally stimulated people’s instinct of wanting to steer clear and seek preventive measures by all means.

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Setting the Records Straight on Nigeria’s Experimental Ebola Drug

The euphoria that has greeted the donation of Nanosilver, by an undisclosed Diaspora Nigerian scientist, for treating Ebola patients in Nigeria is understandable. Ebola has no cure, therefore any agent that has the slightest potential, real or imagined, of ameliorating the dare condition of these patients, is welcomed. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recently reported that The Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu revealed that “The only experimental drug we have now is Nanosilver, provided by a Nigerian scientist; details of the drug will be disclosed later to the media”.

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Of Ebola, Salt-bath and Bitter Kola…where are we?

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The Nigerian Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu announced to a very scared country that Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is now considered a national health emergency, a national position to officially deploy an action plan to contain it. By so doing, Nigeria had quickly followed precedents by Sierra Leonean and Liberian authorities without waiting for the cases to escalate to the level of those countries, a step which I scored highly.  A full EVD epidemic is beyond the capacity of any one African country to handle with its broad social, economic, psychological and security implications. It therefore behooves us to have a cogent action plan that cuts across international, national, interagency, states, and community levels.  To further emphasize the gravity of the situation, the World Health Organisation underscored this by declaring Ebola a global public health emergency.

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Addressing HIV-Associated Stigma And Discrimination

Despite tremendous progress in addressing the HIV/AIDS scourge and efforts by national governments and international agencies, globally the number of  newly infected people continues to exceed the number entering into treatment programs. Stigma and discrimination directed towards HIV-infected persons are partly responsible for this discrepancy and thus play significant roles in the development and maintenance of the HIV epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definesstigma as the prejudice, avoidance, rejection and discrimination directed at people believed to have an illness, disorder or other trait perceived to be undesirable.

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