ABUJA, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- President Goodluck Jonathan declares a national emergency in a statement on Friday, saying 1.9 billion naira (11.6 million U.S. dollars) will be released to prevent further spread of the Ebola Virus.
He also urged Nigerians to desist from spreading rumors about the virus and advised school owners across the country to consider extending the current holiday.
He directed relevant government agencies to ensure that all possible steps are taken to effectively contain the threat of the Ebola virus in line with international protocols and best practices.
He commended the behavior of the airport staff in Lagos who identified and isolated the patient who carried the virus to Nigeria.
U.S. Ebola patient says "growing stronger every day"
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- One of the two Americans who contracted Ebola in West Africa and are being treated in a U.S. hospital said Friday that he is "growing stronger every day" as he "wrestled with this terrible disease."
In a statement he wrote from an isolation room at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, 33-year-old Kent Brantly said he is being provided with "the very best care possible" and expressed his "deep and sincere thanks to" those who have been praying for his recovery as well as for his colleague Nancy Writebol. Full story
EU increases aid to contain Ebola outbreak in West Africa
BRUSSELS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) is increasing its efforts by an additional 8 million euros (10.71 million U.S. dollars) to contain the spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, an official statement said on Friday.
This is the fourth increase of EU assistance for this crisis. It brings the Commission's aid in 2014 to fight the Ebola epidemic, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has just declared a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern", to 11.9 million euros. Full story