Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Wednesday accused the foreign media of exaggerating cases of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria while leaving Spain and America out of a list of Ebola-hit countries.
Speaking after the Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting, Mr. Chukwu said it is wrong for the foreign media to lump Nigeria with the three other countries –Guniea, Sierra-Leone and Liberia — worst hit by the
Mr. Chukwu said foreign media houses are playing games with their reports on the Ebola Virus in Nigeria.
As at August 22, the World Health Organization reported that the four West African countries including Nigeria recorded 1, 528 cases of Ebola and 844 fatalities.
Of the over 1, 000 confirmed Ebola cases in West African region, Nigeria recorded 13 confirmed cases, out of which five people died, seven were discharged and one is still receiving treatment at the Ebola
Emergency Treatment Centre in Lagos.
In Sierra Leone, there have 804 confirmed cases and 353 deaths; Guinea has 443 confirmed cases and 264 deaths; Liberia has had 269 confirmed cases and 222 deaths.
The minister also said the foreign media based their reportage of the outbreak of the disease in West Africa on Nigeria’s minute cases.
Nigeria was Ebola free until the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, brought it into the country.
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