The Federal Government on Tuesday demonstrated its commitment to stamping out Ebola Virus Disease in Africa, with President Muhammadu Buhari announcing a donation of US$1 million to the continent.This is in addition to earlier contributions by Nigeria to stem the disease in the region.
The gesture is to also underscore the importance of ridding the continent of Ebola and in the spirit of mutual assistance.
A statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Ayo Adesugba, said Buhari announced the donation during the international conference of African Ministers of Health in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
The President, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, used the forum to share Nigeria’s experience in 2014, in rapidly containing the deadly virus.
He however said, “Nigeria is not celebrating the end of Ebola in Nigeria until this disease is totally eliminated from the West African region. This is because Ebola in one country remains also a threat to another. Therefore, meeting the challenge is crucial to us right now and so we remain committed to support all efforts of the African Union in this fight.”