Nigeria And The Preventive Measure Against The Dreaded EBOLA Disease.

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It’s no news that the dreaded EBOLA disease is till date without cure. In time past so many dreadful diseases has surfaced with some cures and others with none, but the most significant thing is that they have all wreaked havoc and registered massive death toll around the world. Even the infamous HIV/AIDS is still without a thorough and recognizable cure. At least no recorded evidence that Nigeria is with the EBOLA disease, which is a very good news for Nigeria because the country cannot afford to fight such a massive virus that spread like wide fire amidst the Boko Haram insurgents bedeviling the nation, plus the country not well trained and equipped counteract such.

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is the human disease caused by Ebola viruses. Symptoms starts 2 days to 3 weeks after contacting the virus with a fever, throat and muscle pains, and kidney failure. At this point some people begin to have problem with bleeding.

The disease is first acquired by a population, when a person comes in contact with the blood or bodily fluid of an infected animal such as a monkey or fruit bat. Fruit bats are believed to carry and spread the disease without being affected by it. Once infected the disease may be spread from one person to another. Men who survive may be able to transmit the disease sexually for near 2 month.

Prevention involves decreasing the spread of the disease from infected monkeys and pigs to humans. This may be done by checking these animals for infection and killing and properly disposing of the bodies if the disease is discovered. Properly cooked meat and wearing protective clothing when handling meat may be helpful, and washing hands when around someone sick with the disease. There is no specific treatment for the virus with efforts to help people including giving the person either oral rehydration therapy or interventions fluids. The disease has a high rate of death possibly up to 96%.

Nigeria truly sympathizes with every country with recorded evidence of the EBOLA virus. However, it will not be out of place for countries without the disease, such as Nigeria, to sure up their defenses by tightening the security at the border, train and equip our security men working at the border. As it is popularly said, prevention is better than cure -Nigeria’s security men and women, disease control unit, the quarantine service. In fact, all hands must be on deck to ensure that this disease never gain entrance into Nigeria.