The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has dismissed fears of possible spread of the dreaded Ebola viral disease from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) via the country’s football contingents.
17 persons had earlier died in the DRC due to the reemergence of the Ebola viral disease in the country prompting doubts about the upcoming May 28 friendly match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and DR Congo.
In a chat with journalists in Abuja on Friday as regards the aforementioned, the Chief Executive Officer of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, informed journalists that the federal government was on top of the situation.
In his words, Dr. Ihekweazu said “The Nigeria, DRC match is a very unique situation, because we know the DRC football team are coming. They will be screened for Ebola even before they leave the DRC.
“They are a very confined group. We have the list of players and officials coming in. We are already educating them. So, the international friendly game is the least of NCDC’s problem.
“There is very little risk associated with this game. Mist of the players of DRC like their Super Eagles’ counterpart play in Europe. So, actually, they have had very little contact with the DRC.
“The key thing is that we are doing everything we need to do to ensure we prevent the outbreak of the Ebola viral disease in Nigeria. Our focus mainly is on planning, preparation, education, and screening.
“We are more worried about that passenger who nobody knows about.” he concluded.