Following reported cases of the resurgence of Ebola and other communicable diseases, the Federal Capital Territory Administration has issued a red alert warning.
Director of the FCT Public Health Department, Dr. Sadiq Abdulrahaman told newsmen that staff of the Epidemiological Division of the Public Health Department have been placed on red alert under the supervision of the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat.
Sadiq stated that while they are yet to witness any serious outbreak of the diseases within the year ending, the FCT is on a high alert mode.
The FCTA has also purchased commodities to contain communicable diseases, particularly in areas of the territory which will be most affected by the outbreak, including AMAC, Kuje and Bwari.
“For Ebola viral disease, which is a big global disease of public health concern, though it is not yet witnessed in Nigeria except for the last case in 2014, but we are aware that there is already an outbreak in DR Congo, with so much consequences from quite a number of deaths, and closure of schools. So, here (in the FCT), we have executed a high alert mode even though we have not witnessed any case yet. So, proactive measures have been taken.
“Our surveillance system is heightened, and the FCT Administration bought quite a number of commodities, particularly for these key diseases like Cholera that we witnessed in 2021. We went on advocacy visits to key stakeholders especially in those Area Councils that had high potent of the disease during the outbreak such as AMAC, Kuje and Bwari.”