Federal Executive Council orders surveillance against Ebola virus

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Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed health authorities to increase their surveillance against Ebola virus at all points of entry into Nigeria.

Seventeen people have been killed in the resurfacing of the virus in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Health minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, addressing the State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, says increased surveillance, aims at preventing the spread of the virus to Nigeria.

The immediate measures, according to the minister, include the screening of people coming into the country.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Immigration Service said it is increasing surveillance at the country’s airports, to keep the virus away from Nigeria.

The agency in a statement said its personnel will make more use of thermometers, to screen passengers.

Eight people died from the virus during the 2014 outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria in 2014.

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