The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has allayed Ebola fear ahead of the upcoming friendly between Nigeria and DR Country.
The Eagles’ warm-up match before the FIFA world cup is scheduled to hold at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Nigeria on the 28th of May.
But there have been concerns as a result of the latest Ebola outbreak in Congo, which has spread to the city of Mbandaka – a city with approximately one million people.
More than 42 cases — including 23 deaths — in the outbreak in Congo are under investigation.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Friday, Chikwe Ihekweazu, Chief Executive Officer of NCDC, assures that Congo players will be screened before allowed entry into Nigeria.
“The Nigeria, DRC match is a very unique situation, because we know the DRC football team are coming. They will be screened for Ebola even before they leave the DRC,” he says.
“They are a very confined group. We have the list of players and officials coming in. We are already educating them. So, the international friendly game is the least of NCDC’s problem.
“There is very little risk associated with this game. Most of the players of DRC like their Super Eagles’ counterpart play in Europe. So, actually, they have had very little contact with the DRC.
“The key thing is that we are doing everything we need to do to ensure we prevent the outbreak of the Ebola viral disease in Nigeria. Our focus mainly is on planning, preparation, education, and screening rather than travel restrictions.”
Earlier, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) through its 1st Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi, also guaranteed that the friendly match is not under threat.