Nigeria is Ebola-Free: 7 Steps America Can Take to Be Next
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The World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of Ebola on Monday, Oct. 21 after the nation had no new cases in 42 days.
Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, was considered to be free of the disease three months after it was introduced by a Liberian man who flew into Lagos, a city with a population of roughly 21 million people.
The virus has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa, but according to Nigerian Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwa, “it is possible to defeat Ebola,” he told TIME.
So what did Nigeria do to defeat the deadly disease? They reacted promptly, trained their health care workers and stifled fear. Here are the seven steps they followed to control Ebola that America can take note of.
1. Prepare Early
According to Chukwa and Dr. Faisal Shuaib of Nigeria’s Ebola Emergency Operation Center, officials immediately began training health care workers on how to manage the disease as soon as they knew a case in their nation was possible. They also disseminated information so everyone knew what to expect.
2. Declare an Emergency Right Away
Once the first Ebola case was confirmed in Nigeria, the government immediately declared a national public health emergency. In doing so, the Ministry of Health was able to form its Ebola Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that aided in the development of strategies, plans and the implementation of such plans to combat Ebola.
According to TIME, the EOC was in charge of identifying and monitoring individuals who may have come into contact with Ebola patients, the screening of all individuals arriving or departing the nation and communicating with the community.
3. Train Local Doctors
Nigerian doctors were trained by Doctors Without Borders and the World Health Organization (WHO).
4. Manage Fear
This is one strategy that America can definitely benefit from. In order to manage rumors about available cures and how you can contract the disease, the country took to social media to increase awareness efforts and publicize patients who were successfully treated and discharged.
5. Keep Borders Open
Nigeria kept its borders open to travelers from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia as doing the opposite would reinforce panic and “the notion of helplessness,” said Shuaib. This also kept the economy in check as commercial activities were still able to continue.
6. Prepare for More Patients
Nigeria is still continuing to train and prepare for the possibility of an additional Ebola outbreak. According to Shuaib, outbreak response preparedness is a continuous process of which there is no alternative for.
7. Advocate for More International Response
“The global community needs to consistently come together, act as one in any public health emergency, whether it is Ebola or a natural disaster.” Shuaib told TIME.
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”