Nigeria vs Congo: WHO convenes emergency meeting on Ebola

The World Health Organisation is expected to convene an emergency meeting ahead of the friendly football match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Diables Rouges (Red Devils) of Congo.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, disclosed this during an interview with our correspondent on Saturday.

Adewole, however, said the Federal Government had made adequate preparations to screen the Congolese players and their fans that would visit Nigeria for the match which will take place on May 28, 2018.

The friendly, which is expected to hold in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, is part of the Super Eagles preparation for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

At least, 25 persons have died from the dreaded disease in Congo which is witnessing its worst outbreak in recent times.

However, the health minister told our correspondent that there was no cause for alarm as Ebola was not difficult to detect.

Adewole said health tips and advisory would be issued this week so that people could stay safe.

The minister said, “We have made preparations to screen the players and their fans. The ministry will also issue an advisory very soon. A person who can transmit Ebola must be ill, so that will not be difficult to detect.

“We will screen people and will be able to detect people with fever and take appropriate actions. We are also monitoring the situation in Congo and the World Health Organisation will convene an emergency meeting.

“Depending on the advice from the WHO, we will act. But Nigerians will be carried along.”

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