SOURCE: Bradford Associates

March 12, 2015 14:35 ET

Bradford Associates: Victory Over the Ebola Epidemic Is Just One Facet of President Goodluck Jonathan's Public Health Strategy for Nigeria

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Mar 12, 2015) - Bradford Associates reports that President Goodluck Jonathan since taking office has recognized the need for improvements in public health care and targeted during the past five years the needs of mothers and women without whom society could not grow successfully. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on October 20th that the Ebola epidemic which spread throughout West Africa in 2014 was formally beaten in Nigeria. This was due in no small part to the investment made in training of health professionals in Nigeria plus attention to border security to protect broader citizenry. The few lives lost were the consequence of a carrier of the disease arriving from another country and subsequently exposing others to Ebola.

As Time Magazine noted in the article, "Nigeria is Ebola Free: Here is what they did right" 1 One of the keys to protecting Nigeria's citizens was the bold and fast decision taken by the Administration to declare a national public health emergency. The training and actions of Goodluck Jonathan's public health organization on the ground were essential to defeating the disease. As the Minister of health noted, "If any cases emerge in the future, it will be considered -- by international standards -- a separate outbreak. If that happens, Nigeria will be ready and able to confront it exactly as we have done with this outbreak."

The government of Nigeria recognized how crucial it would be to reduce infant mortality rates in order to enable society to grow and thrive. Goodluck Jonathan's health initiatives have led to a substantial drop in infant mortality in only a few years since taking office from 82 (in 1,000) in 2010 to 74 in 2013 as identified by the World Bank. 2

It is a well-recognized fact that programs of immunization to wipe-out debilitative diseases can have a major long-term impact on the well being of a nation. The President and his administration recognized the requirement to create an institution capable of the task and established a dedicated center for disease control known as the NCDC. In addition efforts on the ground have lead to successes in dealing with two diseases which have an impact on society. President Jonathan has doubled funding into efforts to combat polio since 2011. In addition during the past three years that has been no instance of Guinea Worm reported.

To summarize the health care policies adopted by Nigeria under the current administration of Goodluck Jonathan have had a major impact in the areas of preventing infant mortality and immunization. Additionally the robust crisis decision-making skills of the government helped to stop the potential threat from Ebola in its tracks at the borders of Nigeria.

Reporting by Peter Elston, Bradford Associates

1 (Time Magazine October 19th, 2015)


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