Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, is today in celebration after demonstrating to the world its true fighting power.
Representative for the WHO, Rui Gama Vaz, declared the news at a conference in Saturday after there had been 42 days since the last reported infection.
“The virus is gone now. The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated. This is a spectacular success story that shows to the world that Ebola can be contained,” said Vaz.
Described as a success story by the WHO, officials could learn a lot from the treatment and resource allocation of infected in Nigeria.
The least affected West African nation, only 20 of its 160 million people were infected, with just 8 of those dying – a much higher success rate than anywhere else in the continent where only 30 percent of victims survive.
Journalist for Al Jazeera, Haru Mutasa, reported “Nigeria is a transport hub, and the virus can be brought back, and this is why officials are not taking chances”.
While a huge step forward in combating this crisis, it is not time to celebrate, as bordering countries are still in severe danger. Since its outbreak earlier this year, upwards of 9000 people have been reported as infected and 4500 of those deceased.