Friday, 15 August 2014

EBOLA VIRUS FREE: Enugu State Cleared of Ebola Virus,Health Minister Releases Statement

Here is some good news. The number of Ebola
cases in the country has been revised
downwards while the number of suspected
cases in Enugu has been drastically reduced.
Besides, the Minister of Health, Prof.
Onyebuchi Chukwu has clarified that " there is
no Ebola virus in Enugu. All cases are still
confined to Lagos State"
These were the highlight of the statement
issued yesterday evening by the minister in a
statement signed by his Special Assistant on
Media and Communication, Mr Dan Nwomeh.
Enugu had been thrown in panic on
Wednesday after Information Minister Labaran
Maku announced that there were 21 suspected
Ebola patients in the state. Prof. Chukwu's
statement reads as follows
"Nigeria has now recorded ten (10) confirmed
cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Out of
these, four (4) has died and six (6) are
currently under treatment. ( It is important to
note that the number of confirmed cases
remains ten (10) as at today( yesterday) and
not eleven (11) as earlier announced this
morning (yesterday morning) . We regret the
error which arose from double counting in the
process of communicating the additional death
from the operational centre in Lagos to the
Federal Ministry of Health). The fourth death
recorded today (yesterday) was a Nigerian
nurse who participated in the initial
management of the index case.
"The total number of persons under
surveillance in Lagos is now 169. These are all
secondary contacts as well as the primary
contacts have completed the 21-days
incubation and have been delisted to resume
their normal lives.
"Enugu State now has 6 persons under
surveillance as 15 after complete evaluation
were found not to have had contact with the
nurse, a primary contact of the index case who
became symptomatic and tested positive and
is one of the 10 confirmed cases.
The nurse who had been place under
surveillance in Lagos disobeyed the incidence
management committee and travelled to
Enugu. As at the time she made the trip, she
was yet to show any symptom and did not
infect anyone on her way as transmission of
the disease is only possible when the carrier of
the virus becomes ill. However, she has since
been brought back to Lagos. Before the return
journey, she had become symptomatic and
had to be conveyed to Lagos with her spouse
in special ambulances. The husband is not
symptomatic neither is he positive of the Ebola
Virus Disease but he has been quarantined
given the intimate contact with her while in
"It is therefore important to emphasise that
there is no Ebola Virus Disease In Enugu. All
cases are still confined to Lagos State. Also,
reports of Ebola Virus Disease in Abia, Imo,
Akwa Ibom and Anambra States as well as
Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have all been
investigated and none of them was found to
be Ebola virus positive" ....
....the complete version of the Statement to be
.." Let me once again reassure Nigerians that
the Government is working hard to ensure the
containment of the outbreak"
"The fourth victim to have died of the EVD in
the country is 25-year old Justina Obi Ejelonu,
,who attended to late Liberian
Patrick Sawyer while he was ill at the First
Consultant Hospital in Lagos. She died in the
early hours of today (yesterday). Another
nurse and a member of staff of ECOWAS
commission who came in contact with Sawyer
had earlier died of the disease"
pictured above
Source: News Express / Radio Biafra
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