The Lagos State Government has raised alarm and confirmed a possible case of Ebola Virus, which is been currently investigated while treatment is on for the 40 year old Liberian, who is now a suspect, and a possible 30 others who may have had contact.
The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Public Health,
Dr Yewande Adeshina, in a briefing noted that the 40 year old
Liberian is in a private hospital in the Obalende area of the State.
Dr Adeshina also noted that the hospital housing the Liberian has
been cordoned off and the victim isolated.
She warned residents to “keep personal and environmental
hygiene” and urged those who notice “strange feeling or
symptoms similar to those of Ebola virus, which ranges from
fever, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, sore throat and joint
pains, which are all symptoms of other ailments, to visit
competent health facilities”.
In the absence of such facilities, she said residents should call the
following numbers 08023169485, 08033086660, 08033065303,
The State government had earlier in July laid out some
precautionary measures to stop the outbreak of the disease, that
has ravaged neighbouring west African countries, in the state.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, had in a
statement, said the measures became necessary with a view to
preventing the outbreak of the disease in the State.
He listed measures that will help in stopping the outbreak to
include; washing of hands often with soap and water, avoiding
close contact with people who are sick and ensuring that objects
used by the sick are decontaminated and properly disposed.
He advised health workers to be at alert and ensure they always
wear personal protective equipment as well as observe universal
basic precautions when attending to suspected or confirmed
cases, and report same to their Local Government Area or Ministry
of Health immediately.
Ebola has killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra
Leone since an outbreak began in February.