12 August 2014

Nigeria: Five Patients Responding to Treatment

Lagos — Five of the 10 persons currently in isolation after being infected with the Ebola virus have been responding to treatment and are in stable condition, Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, said at a meeting with traditional rulers, religious leaders and local government chairmen over the outbreak.

Fashola said eight persons tested positive while results of two were being awaited yesterday. According to him, the disease is not a death sentence provided the right things are done, noting that experience had shown that the human body can resist it through constant hydration, intravenous infusion and regular administration of antibiotics.

The governor enjoined the traditional rulers to properly educate their subjects and urged religious leaders not to attach spiritualism to the current problem. The Special Adviser to the governor on public health, Mrs. Yewande Adeshina, urged the traditional and religious leaders not to move any of their subjects suspected of contracting the disease and advised them to sensitize their subjects on the need to wash their hands regularly with soap, noting that the virus is powerless outside the body.

Speaking with Daily Trust after the meeting, one of the traditional rulers, the Ojora of Ijora, Oba Abdul-Fatai Aromire, said he, alongside other Obas, would pass the message to their people.

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