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FG Places Ban On Importation Of Bush Meat
In a bid to control and possibly put a stop to the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD which according to the World Health Organization has claimed no fewer than 1, 500 lives, the federal government of Nigeria has banned the importation of bush meat into the country.
The minister of health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, announced the ban on Monday during a meeting of National Council on Health, in Abuja.
He noted that the ban on bush meat through which Ebola could be contracted is to prevent the spread of the deadly disease which is currently being contained in Lagos and Port Harcourt.
Meanwhile, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said Western healthcare facilities would be able to contain the disease, as he called on wealthy nations to share the knowledge and resources on the disease to help African countries tackle the crisis.
The Ebola disease can only be transmitted by contact with the bodily fluids of a sick person. There is no proven cure, though work on experimental vaccines has been accelerated.
More than 1,500 people have died in West Africa in the worst outbreak since the disease was discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 3,000 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria have been infected.