Ebola - the virus, its infections, its dangers and its phobias are beatable and a first battle defeat of the feared virus has been accomplished by Nigeria, which was today declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization(WHO).
Describing Nigeria's feat as a "spectacular success story", WHO Country Director Rui Gama Vaza, affirmed to a conference in Abuja, Nigeria, "The outbreak in Nigeria has been contained."
In understanding the success of a country to defeat the Ebola virus, Nigeria emerges as a model. After an airline passenger from Liberia brought Ebola to Africa's most populous country and fearing the worse from such a devastating disease, Nigeria immediately sought help from International experts. On this Blog: Winning Against a Global Threat - Ebola: A Coordinated Response, August 24, 2014, I wrote of Nigeria's reach out to Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner and his team of experts at the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, who traveled to Nigeria along with Hospitals for Humanity to conduct a comprehensive capacity-strengthening program for Nigerian health care workers to prepare, to prevent and to respond to cases of Ebola. The Nigerian River State Ministry of Health took that bold initiative and as a result of the direct consultations with Dr. Macgregor-Skinner and international experts, Nigeria - having reporting 20 Ebola cases and eight deaths, is Ebola free today.
Nigeria acted quickly and early in the war on Ebola. Elsewhere in West Africa, in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the war against the infection is still being fought with deaths topping 4, 500. But Nigeria's model demonstrates that with coordinated expert help and sustained efforts, Ebola could and will be defeated.