More encouraging news from Nigeria on Ebola

Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission” (WHO):

WHO officially declares that Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission.

This is a spectacular success story that shows that Ebola can be contained. The story of how Nigeria ended what many believed to be potentially the most explosive Ebola outbreak imaginable is worth telling in detail.

Such a story can help the many other developing countries that are deeply worried by the prospect of an imported Ebola case and eager to improve their preparedness plans. Many wealthy countries, with outstanding health systems, may have something to learn as well.

The complete story also illustrates how Nigeria has come so close to the successful interruption of wild poliovirus transmission from its vast and densely-populated territory.


2 thoughts on “More encouraging news from Nigeria on Ebola

  1. I am currently doing a massive amounts on Ebola for my internship. Nigeria did an excellent job approaching Ebola at both provincial and federal levels. A Doctor who spoke on a Nigerian TV show suggested one thing though. More promotion and use of Social Marketing. Social Marketing is key with developing countries, studies show that capturing the mind with a quote for a campaign is crucial. Nigerian did an excellent job, the doctor was very proud to be Nigerian that day a declare the country Ebola free, but she wants social marketing to be used in other countries and for future public health issues in her country.


  2. Thinking about it, social marketing although may not always reach the public in dramatic ways in which every issue may end up on the news, it never really fails. With social marketing regardless of the circumstances you still reach an audience no matter how big or small. So when it came to the Ebola out break and declaring that Nigeria was cleared of it, you could tell impacted the public not only in terms that the epidemic was over but in a weird way gave them a sense of pride to have moved on from this rough time.


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