Suspected Ebola Patient Dies In Abuja Hospital…Doctors, Nurses Placed Under Surveillance
A suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patient has been confirmed dead in one of the biggest government-owned hospitals in Abuja, Asokoro General Hospital barely three weeks after another suspected patient died in a private hospital in the nation’s capital city. The death which was said to have occurred weekend has already caused serious panic in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
In a statement released yesterday, spokesperson of FCT Health Secretariat, Badaru Salisu Yakasai said the results of the tests conducted on the deceased are yet to either confirm or refute claims that the patient died of EVD.
According to the statement: “The Family Medicine unit of Asokoro District hospital suspected Ebola disease in a patient on admission at the Accident and Emergency unit on the 28th of August 2014 and immediately isolated the patient. Strict infection control measures were immediately instituted.
“Blood sample was then taken to the designated FCT Ebola testing laboratory which happens to be within the Hospital premises. The epidemiology unit of Public Health Department of the Health and Human Services Secretariat was notified and their response was immediate. The results of the Ebola testing was being expected from the Laboratory four days later, on Monday the 1st of September 2014.”
It was gathered in Abuja that officials of the hospital who came in contact with the deceased have been placed under surveillance, pending when the test results will be out.
“The case also served as a drill case to test the preparedness of the Hospital to manage and contain Ebola disease. Clinical assessment however did not reveal any history of contact or travel.
“However in view of the high index of suspicion, isolation and strict infection control measures were continued and the unit was condoned off. Unfortunately, the patient died the next day, Friday 29th August 2014.
“The accident and emergency unit was temporarily relocated to the General outpatient unit (GOPD). A list of all medical staff who had come into contact with the patient has been compiled and they are all under surveillance.
“The general public is advised not to panic as a case of Ebola has not been confirmed at the Hospital and the measures that have been put in place are only precautionary in the interest of public safety,” the statement added.
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