3 New Ebola Cases Recorded in Lagos, Three Quarantined in Makurdi
While Nigerians rejoiced yesterday over another Four More Ebola Infected Patients Discharged from Quarantine in Lagos, the joy was mixed with the sad news of three new cases that were discovered.
After the first victim of the Ebola Virus Disease was discharged on Saturday as announced by the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, four additional confirmed patients were discharged from the isolation centre of the Mainland Hospital in Lagos.
The discharged patients, including two male medical doctors, one female nurse and another patient, which the minister of health said have been managed successfully and are now disease-free and ready to resume their normal life activities brings to five the total number of patients diagnosed with Ebola who have now been discharged from hospital.
But just as that was happening, Lagos State Health Commissioner, Dr. Jide Idris, confirmed the emergence of three new cases.
Mr. Idris remarked that: “As at yesterday, (Sunday), we had three new suspected cases. One of them is a blood sample from Kaduna State, while the two others are from Lagos and they are primary contacts. A reason for this was that they do not have the laboratory to test for the virus.
“What we have now is that, there are four people dead, including the index (Mr. Patrick Sawyer). We have eight in the isolation ward before Saturday when we released the doctor, and this doctor was released after testing negative and going through the World Health Organisation, WHO and Centre for Disease Control, CDC, procedures for discharge.
Assuring that everything was under control, the commissioner said the new cases were being closely monitored.
“The other three patients are still being monitored at the isolation centre. Once they get better, they will be released too.
“The lady who ran to Enugu is still in isolation and has tested positive to the virus. She is among the three still under isolation.”
Meanwhile, two missionary workers and their driver have been quarantined at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, Makurdi, the Benue state capital, on suspicion of infection with Ebola virus.
Chief Medical Director of BSUTH, Professor Orkurga Malu, who disclosed this to newsmen in Makurdi, dispelled rumours that the quarantined persons were infected with the virus.
Malu explained that Benue indigenes who hitherto resided in Monrovia for a year where they engaged in missionary work, relocated from the Liberian capital in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.
“There is no truth that some Benue indigenes from Monrovia, Liberia are victims of the deadly Ebola virus. What happened is that since some airlines have shut down operations to Liberia, the couple and their driver had to take a connecting flight from their base to Accra, Ghana where they stayed for a week before travelling to Nigeria.”
While refusing to disclose the identity of the persons concerned, Malu said, on arrival in the state, they were quickly admitted in the hospital and have been kept under close observation.
“They have not shown any symptoms of the disease because at every stage their temperature is checked and tested right from Monrovia before they boarded the plane to Ghana and then Nigeria.
“Since they came in here on Thursday, we have been testing them on a daily basis and there is no evidence of temperature rise or any of the symptoms of the virus.
“So we are 99.9 per cent sure that they do not have Ebola virus. But just in the remotest case of 0.1 percent, we have kept them to ensure they do not have the disease,” he stated.
The CMD who urged the people of the state not to panic assured that the hospital has adequate facilities to cater for any victim of the virus.
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