Wednesday 22 October 2014

Nigeria's president declares state of emergency over Ebola

Published 08/08/2014 | 19:44

Nigeria health officials wait to screen passengers at the arrival hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)
Nigeria health officials wait to screen passengers at the arrival hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos

Nigeria's president has declared a national state of emergency over the Ebola virus.

Goodluck Jonathan said in a statement that the relevant agencies must ensure all possible steps are taken "to effectively contain the threat of the Ebola virus in line with international protocols and best practices".

Nigeria's health ministry said two patients in Africa's most populous nation have died of the disease, and there are seven other confirmed cases.

President Jonathan also approved the release of 1.9 billion naira (£6.9 million) to contain the disease through an intervention plan.

He also asked schools to consider extending the current school holiday until there is a national reassessment of the level of threat Ebola poses in Nigeria.

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