16 August 2014

Nigeria: Baby With Ebola Symptoms Dies in Ilorin

Ilorin — The seven-month-old baby who was being investigated for suspected Ebola infection in Kwara State has died, Weekly Trust learnt yesterday.

The baby girl reportedly followed her mother from Ibadan to Ilorin when she fell ill and was admitted at Surulere Clinic where she was treated for malaria for three days.

Following the deterioration of her condition, the child was referred to a private hospital where a pediatrician discovered symptoms of malaria and made a report to the ministry of health.

It is recalled that the chairman of the state Ebola committee and senior special assistant to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed on primary health, Prof. Sunday Opabola, told newsmen on Thursday that blood samples of the baby and her mother were sent to Lagos for test.

Opabola, who is a professor of public health, had urged the public not to panic, saying the test was being done in order not to take chances because of the Ebola outbreak in the country.

Speaking with Weekly Trust yesterday, senior special assistant to the governor on secondary health and a member of the Ebola committee, Dr. Ibrahim Gambari, confirmed the death of the baby, but added that she was not likely to have died of Ebola.

The test of the result in Lagos is being expected on Monday, while the child's mother remains at an isolation centre, according to the governor's aide.


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