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Nigeria is nearly Ebola free thanks to door to door public awareness taken up by the local and national governments and public across the country. Not long after the late Patrick Sawyer originally arrived in Nigeria nearly two months ago, Nigerian officials from national transportation ministry to Lagos and Abuja ministries and educational institutions made it a top priority to reduce the risk of Ebola. Some 28,000 houses and schools of all levels were contacted by educational professionals, medical personnel and state officials (Nigeria is a federal republic separated into federal states like Mexico and U.S.) who went above and beyond to make certain that the public understand the full scope of Ebola, respond to the dangerous of virus in a calm and collective manner. Education certainly played a role in Nigeria's rapid and calm response to battle the virus while Liberia and Sierra Leone are still in panic mode. There are many things many countries fighting the virus can learn from Nigeria. Fear has allowed Ebola to blind the public and some medical officials to solely focusing on the virus while neglecting other yearly diseases that are in need of medical attention and just as necessary to prevent as Ebola. This is the case in Liberia with local hospitals dedicating their medical staff, equipment and facilities to isolating and eradicating Ebola but overlooking other health issues. In the U.S., the CDC has come out with new protocols to manage Ebola patients and halting future cases. Essentially, medical staff will be required with help from specially trained staff to properly cover head to toe in specially crafted Hazmat suits to avoid exposing skin in the quarantine zone. CDC is not taking the threat of Ebola lightly.
Discriminated by Ebola and old stereotypes diehard
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