The World Health Organization has declared Nigeria free of the Ebola virus transmission, exactly three months after the country recorded its index case in the densely populated city of Lagos. With no new recorded cases of the deadly virus in the country for two incubation periods (42 days), Nigeria had automatically met the criteria set by WHO for this declaration.
WHO has since commended Nigeria for its diligence to end the transmission of the virus, describing the country’s Ebola response as a spectacular success story with lessons for both developed and developing countries to learn. Also, according to John Vertefeuille from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Nigeria acted quickly, early and on a large scale. They acted aggressively, especially in terms of contact-tracing.”
Following the first case of Ebola in Nigeria, there were genuine fears of the negative impact the disease would have on the travel industry in the country and West Africa as a whole. Although there are no validated statistics of the impact of the disease, the very obvious negative outcomes included travel bans placed on most Ebola-stricken countries, as well as meetings, conferences and vacations in West Africa cancelled.
Reacting to the pleasant news, Mike Lord, Director of AVFM, managers of the Calabar International Convention Centre [CICC], said, “The impact of the Ebola virus on business tourism and travel raised many concerns, but we are very pleased at the expedience in which the Nigerian Government has handled the situation.”
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