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How Nigeria free of Ebola?

After 42 days found no new cases of Ebola in Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the country free from ebola. How Nigeria managed to do it?

Outbreaks of Ebola itself has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa and presently spread of the virus can not be controlled in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

"It is possible to control Ebola and defeat it. We've seen it here in Nigeria," said Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told TIME magazine.

He said that if there is a new outbreak again, then according to international standards would be categorized as different diseases. "If that happens Nigeria is ready and able to control what we do today," he said.

In order to be declared Ebola free by the WHO, the country must be free from new Ebola infection for 42 days (double the incubation period), actively examine the possibility of an active contact, and were negative for any unexpected case ebola.

Here are some tips for a successful Nigeria against ebola, such as spoken Chukwu and Dr.Fasial Shuaib of Nigeria's emergency operations center ebola.

- Prepare initial
Nigeria realize quite possibly ebola plague to his country, so they are getting from the beginning to train health workers how to deal with the disease and spread information about ebola widely to the public.

- Declare an emergency
When Nigeria was first discovered ebola case, the government immediately declared an emergency. Then set up a control center team Ebola (Ebola Emergency Operation Center / EOC). The team is composed of experts from Nigeria, the CDC and WHO. The involvement of international experts proved to help Nigeria control plan.

EOC team also conducted contact tracing (identifying and monitoring direct and indirect contact with Ebola patients), perform the procedure in the face of the patient, detect each arrivals at airports, seaports, and land.

Some officers also conduct door-to-door approach to provide information about ebola. The Nigerian government also involves health leaders and community leaders. Not to forget the advantage of social media to provide information.

- Train local doctor
Doctors in Nigeria trained by WHO and the organization Doctors Without Borders.

- Controlling fear
"Everyone is afraid of contracting the virus. In the beginning there was also spread false information about the transmission. Due to the rumors and fears of the citizens must be actively addressed," said Shuai.

- Opening the border
Nigeria remains opened its borders to immigrants from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. "Closing the border actually increase the panic and create a feeling of helplessness," said Shuaib. He said that if the border is closed then people will come in illegally. This would lead to new problems.

- Preparing to face new patients
Nigeria does not reduce doctor training and continue to prepare for the possibility of a new case.

"The response to the outbreak is an ongoing process and needs continuous assessment. There is no alternative but to continue to prepare," he said.

- International Response
"The global community must consistently together to act in the face of this medical emergency, whether it's ebola or a natural disaster. We must act now, not tomorrow or next week," he said.