The amount would also help communities affected by the epidemic cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and improve public health systems throughout
A statement from the bank said with the latest death toll from the West African sub-region now at 887, the emergency funding would help
It quoted the
He said the bank would also step up social safety net assistance for affected communities and families and help to build up public health systems in
Minister of Health,
Chukwu said the discovery is now the second case of Ebola virus disease in
"I am very worried that many more lives are at risk unless we can stop this Ebola epidemic in its tracks.
"I have been monitoring its deadly impact around the clock and am deeply saddened at how it has ravaged health workers, families and communities, disrupted normal life, and has led to a breakdown of already weak health systems in the three countries.
"The international community needs to act fast to contain and stop this Ebola outbreak. I believe this new
Explaining how the new emergency fund would be used, Yong Kim said the new financial pledge would pay for urgently needed medical supplies, salaries for medical staff, and other vital materials to stabilise the health system, while also helping communities cope with financial hardship caused by the epidemic.
The new package, he added, would also help to build up the region's disease surveillance and laboratory networks to guard against future epidemic outbreaks.
WHO leadership, Yong Kim said, was vital to international and regional efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic, which is
An initial World Bank-IMF assessment for
Agriculture has also been affected in all three countries, as rural workers have fled farming areas in the affected zones. To date, there has been no measurable impact on the food supply.
It expressed fears for customers and other stakeholders, following the spread of the deadly disease.
It became the second airline to do so after Emirates, on Sunday, the first major international airline to suspend its services to the region.
BA normally operates a four-times-a-week service from
The Independent of
"The safety of our customers, crew and ground teams is always our top priority and we will keep the routes under constant review in the coming weeks."
Airports globally are on high alert for signs of sickness among passengers arriving from
He was later described as being in "good condition" and, though tests for Ebola were carried out, doctors said it was unlikely he would be proven positive.
Lagos State Government also announced on Tuesday that it has begun compilation of all the primary and secondary contacts of the female doctor who tested positive to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which she contracted from the late Liberian, Sawyer, as part of measures to curb the spread of the disease.
State Commissioner for Health,
According to Idris, the contact tracking is one of the necessary precautionary measures to curb the spread of the deadly disease, saying, "It is pertinent to trace all those other people who have also come in contact with the infected doctor whether within her family or outside from the period she became exposed to the late sawyer till she developed the disease.
"We therefore need more volunteers to assist in getting to these people within the shortest possible time."
He said, already the names and addresses of all those who came in contact with her have been taken.
"We now have to get to them, monitor their health too and possibly take their blood samples for testing; it is not a panicky measure but it is a very necessary measure to take," Idris added.
The commissioner, however, reiterated that so far, only one Nigerian has tested positive to the deadly virus while eight of those who equally had contacts with the late Sawyer have developed symptoms but still have their blood samples sent abroad for confirmatory tests.
On the prospect of the new vaccine being tested in the U.S., Idris said "there is a basic scientific procedure for getting a vaccine developed, tested and approved for universal use".
"At the moment, this vaccine is in the experimental stage, and there is still the period of monitoring to know what side effects there would be and this takes time; however,
Idris urged members of the public to be vigilant, especially with regards to relating with people who are very ill.
"EVD becomes highly contagious once a victim has begun to show veritable symptoms of the disease such as fever, sore throat, diarrhea among other.
"There is no panic as long as basic precautionary measures such as hand washing, adoption of appropriate waste management and enhanced personal and environmental hygiene are adhered to.
"This is a call for everyone to be vigilant, especially with regard to relating with people who are ill."
The commissioner acknowledged the precautionary measures taken by the
"Our teams have visited both the RCCG Convention Ground and the
The commissioner again appealled to medical doctors to reconsider their decision to continue with the ongoing strike, saying it will be more difficult to control the spread of the disease if indigenous health workers shy away from helping the suspected and infected cases.
He noted that more personal protective equipment are being procured for use by volunteer workers who would be assisting at the
He added: "Should the hospital become overwhelmed with patients, which we do not pray to happen, we are considering another location to further help take care of sick patients, but for now,
Meanwhile, doctors in
The Saudi man was admitted to hospital in the
The patient, in his 40s, is in critical condition and has symptoms "similar to that of Ebola infection", the ministry said.
Also on Tuesday, the
Executive Director of NVRI, Mohammed Ahmed, disclosed this in an interview with the
Ahmed said the institute has a well-fitted modular laboratory and reagents to do the job.
The institute has facilities and well-trained expertise that can safely handle samples brought here and give the right diagnosis.
"We also have positive precious suit that would protect the laboratory scientists from any contact with the room to be used for the diagnosis," he said.
He said that Ebola was just another zoonotic disease with humans and chimpanzees as mere accidental hosts of the virus.
According to him, bats are key bearers of Ebola virus.
He explained that for humans to contract and spread it, there has to be an interface with monkeys and baboons.
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