FG, LASG Differ on New Ebola Cases
The Federal and Lagos State governments, yesterday, differed on new suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in the country.
While the Lagos state government told reporters that five new suspected cases of Ebola have been recorded in the state, the Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu insisted that there were no new cases in Nigeria,
Meanwhile, Nigerian-owned biotech company involved in the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of Nanosilver, Minerals for Life Limited, has cleared the air over the controversy surrounding the product, saying it never claimed that Nanosilver was a cure for Ebola.
At a briefing in Lagos, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris announced that there were five new cases among which were two secondary contacts and three primary contacts with the index (first) case.
The commissioner said the suspected cases had been put at the Ebola isolation ward of the Mainland Hospital, Lagos, without any application of Nano Silver drug and that they would be monitored for the 21-day incubation period of the virus.
“To date we have eight suspected cases and five of them came in yesterday. We have 12 confirmed cases and on the whole, five have died. We are currently following up 213 contacts and 62 have completed the 21-day follow-up.
‘The Ministry of Health commiserates with their families, co-workers, friends and loved ones on these irreparable losses on the line of duty.”
But the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu in reaction same day (Wednesday), said there is no other confirmed Ebola Virus Disease case in Nigeria outside the two that are currently under treatment at the isolation ward in Lagos.
Chukwu said the clarification became necessary following media reports of five new cases in Lagos State. According to him, “This report should be disregarded.”
He reiterated that any doubtful information on the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria should be verified from the Office of the Minister of Health who has the sole authority to announce confirmed cases as far as disease epidemics in Nigeria are concerned.
The minister further reassured the public that any new confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease will be announced by his office promptly.
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