Nigerian president vows to contain Ebola Virus
LAGOS, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday pledged to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in the country.
The Nigerian leader gave the assurance in Abuja, the nation's capital city at an interfaith conference organized by the Interfaith Initiative for Peace, an NGO.
The president said he would meet with the 36 state governors and the state commissioners of health on Wednesday to ensure that they were all poised to fight the deadly virus.
The president pleaded with religious leaders in the country to educate their followers on what they could do to check further spread of the virus.
He said from his discussions with health experts within and outside the country, 60 percent of the Ebola infections currently in Africa were contracted at the burial ceremonies for those who died of the infection.
"My conversation with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, was quite instructive," he added.
Last Friday, Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan declared a national emergency, saying a sum of 1.9 billion naira (11.6 million U.S. dollars) will be released to prevent further spread of the Ebola Virus.
Ebola, which has killed over 900 people in West African countries, spreads through mucous and other body fluid or secretions such as stool, urine, saliva and semen of infected people.