US President Barack Obama has revealed that some African participants attending the African/American Leaders Summit billed for Monday in Washington DC will undergo screening for the dreaded Ebola virus (EVD).Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to be there along his aides and other African leaders.
Obama explained the reason for such, was the prevention and protection of the United States from an outbreak of the killer disease that has been ravaging West Africa.He said: “Folks who are from these countries that have even a marginal risk, or an infinitesimal risk of having been exposed in some fashion, we’re making sure we’re doing screening.”
Presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone, Mrs Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Ernest BaiKoroma, respectively, have however stated that they won’t attend the meeting due to their country being in shutdown mode after the outbreak.Also foreign professional health bodies and medical experts have described Nigeria’s response to the outbreak of Ebola in its borders as very poor and have condemned the poor preventive measures put in place by the Federal Government.
Nigeria has only still one case of Ebola virus after, Liberian man Patrick Sawyer, flew into the country in July 20 and collapsed on his arrival to Lagos, then rushed to the hospital.Where he was diagnosed with EVD. He later died on July 25.Ebola, which has killed scores in Guinea, Gambia and Sierra Leone and Liberia, is an acute viral illness and often characterised by fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.
These are followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding.