Update: Ebola Preparedness in Nigeria

Nigeria is the University of Chicago Center for Global Health’s host site for its Breast Cancer Study and its Household Air Pollution clinical trial. As a result, CGH has close ties with academic and medical centers across the country and is, therefore, closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak throughout West Africa. In the past several months, Ebola was most often found among rural villages in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. However, when Ebola was brought to Lagos, Nigeria, Africa’s most populous city, new concerns arose for the spread of disease. In order to effectively address essential health and hygiene needs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sent a specialized team to bolster the isolation ward in Lagos. Some of the improvements that have been implemented over the past week include:
  • A compound to enclose facilities
  • Wash stations in patient wards and at the entrance and exit of buildings
  • Defined burn pits for general waste, a sharps barrel drum pit, and medical supplies
  • A pharmacy equipped for patient support
  • Designated barrier walkways for different patient types and for corpse exit
  • Additional space allocations if overflow tents are needed          

We applaud the US Government's support of the Nigerian Government, led by the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as they fight to curtail the epidemic across West Africa.