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Published On: Sun, Aug 3rd, 2014

Ebola: FG won’t close borders – Moro

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By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro said the federal government will not close its borders over Ebola virus unless it becomes necessary.

Moro who made this known at the weekend in a chat with journalists in Abuja, said closure of borders is an extreme situation that has its own wide range consequences.

He said already, there is a presidential committee in which he is a member, and that the committee has been working round the clock to ensure that the disease does not spread in Nigeria.

He said, “isolated incidence of the death of Patrick Sawyer on account of Ebola is not sufficient for this country to close its borders. Closure of borders is an extreme situation that has its own wide range consequences. Unless it becomes absolutely necessary, we don’t intend to close our borders. Presently, Nigerian Medical workers  and Nigerian Immigration Service and all other Health officials are striving to contain the situation at the borders.”

The minister described as unfortunate disease that “we felt would never be in Nigeria, has come to Nigeria, but I think the good news is that since the death of Patrick Sawyer from Liberia, on the account of Ebola virus, no other reported case has occurred and we are praying very fervently that by the expiration of the period of incubation which has been put between one week and three weeks, no such cases will be heard.

“I want to also say that in line with the proactive attitude to issues of emergencies like this, the Federal Government has put in place a presidential committee to address the issue of Ebola occurrence in Nigeria and I am happy to inform you that I am a member of that committee.

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