Confusion Envelops UCH Ibadan Over Unconfirmed Ebola Case
By Mayowa Okekala
Fear and uncertainty have gripped workers, health workers, patients’ relatives in the University College Hospital (UCH) of Ibadan, as an unconfirmed case of Ebola patient became the talk of the day in the hospital Community, on Friday afternoon.
According to close witnesses, the doctor who was to commence treatment on this patient seems to have created this confusion when he shockingly stated that the appearance of the patient appears to be symptomatic of Ebola.
Moreover, the patient who was reported to have been suspected of the Ebola vírus was moved from lagos to the UCH for medical attention, on Friday (today), at about 2:am, and was rushed to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Unit of the hospital.
According to the investigation conducted, this afternoon, it was gathered that the case has not been confirmed as series of tests are still being carried out on the patient and have not shown a sign of Ebola.
When questioned on this development, a security agent attached to the Accident & Emergency Unit, who craved for anonymity, said: “Truly speaking, i dont think this is a case of Ebola because, as much as i know, doctors are still carrying out different tests on this patient and have not revealed if the patient has Ebola or not”.
Another security source, however, pointed out that: “if it had been Ebola, we would not be dressing like this. The management would have instructed us to protect ourselves with overall and special gloves, so as to be on a very safe side”.
As at the time of filing in this report, security and several precautionary measures are still being observed by the Management of the hospital to contain the vírus, even as Infra-red Thermometers are being used to screen people walking into the different wards.
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