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A Nigerian health expert has warned the Nigerian government about the likely recurrence of Ebola, Nigerians should be careful – Ebola expert speaks


Dr Babjide Sadiq is a health expert, who is currently with the Health Equity Epidemiologist for the state of Texas.
He his concerned that Nigeria is still vulnerable to the re-emergence epidemics like: Ebola Virus Disease, Lassa fever, Zika virus and others.
The public health expert has said the government needs to introduce measures to prevent a recurrence of any of this diseases.
He has helped develop a strategy called the Evidence-Based Model that would assist the country in checking disease outbreaks.
He said: “The Evidence Based Model in public health is what they use in developed countries. It involves employing the disease surveillance system in Nigeria, data collection and the healthcare management system.
Following the absence of a proper health data system in Nigeria, my team and I want to design a good one.
“If we have the model in place, we would have adequate information on certain diseases, epidemics and the region or persons who are most vulnerable to contracting it.
Our plan is to run the programme for two to three years in Nigeria.
He is working in partnership with the Bill Gates Foundation and similar non-governmental organisations.
Sadiq said that Nigeria was chosen to execute the project due to its laudable efforts in checking the Ebola virus.
He called on Nigerian scientists in the Diaspora to contribute their quota to the health sector.
“I have worked for the Centre for Disease Control and I have managed over 10 million data sets in Florida.
But if everybody keeps saying they don’t want to come back home, who is going to fix the problem?
“The reports from the World Health Organisation about developing countries are not favourable. There are always cases of cholera, malaria, diarrhoea and so on.
I have my family members who live in Nigeria and if somebody calls me to say that someone is knocked down by any of these diseases, it would affect me psychologically.
I’m working with some experts with over 35 years’ experience.”
Meanwhile, the so-called tomato Ebola might have finally abated. After months of pains and outcries following the hike in the price of tomatoes, fresh reports have shown that the commodity has crashed to a two-month low.


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