The Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission has revealed the recent Ebola outbreak in Nigeria was successfully contained in Lagos, Nigeria as a result of the concerted efforts of states in the southwest region of the country.
In an exclusive interview with HealthNewsNG.com in Ibadan, the Director General of the commission, Dipo Famakinwa said following the diagnosis of the first suspected case of Ebola virus disease in Lagos state, governors in the southwestern region of the country met in Lagos to discuss how to contain the outbreak and prevent the spread of the deadly disease to other states in the region.
“It is not by mere chance that Ebola didn’t spread to other states in the southwest from Lagos, it was due to the collaborative efforts of the governors in the region that prevented the virus from spreading. They met in Lagos to discuss ways of controlling the outbreak,” he told HealthNewsNG.
He added that prior to the emergence of DAWN Commission, such collaboration was not feasible.
“DAWN Commission has managed to prove the feasibility of the southwest regional agenda, it seems like an agenda that is hanging in the air and there needed to be an institution to bring life to the agenda. In concrete terms, we’ve made it feasible for states in the southwest to work together. We have been able to create platform for regional cooperation in a way that did not exist before,” Famakinwa said.