This Day (Lagos)

3 September 2014

Nigeria: Suspected Ebola Cases Cause Anxiety in Lagos, Kaduna


 The death of two yet-to-be identified patients who were allegedly sypmtomatic of the Ebola virus at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi- Araba, and Jibowu bus station on yesterday and Monday, respectively, has again given cause for concern over the spread of the virus in the state.

While the first victim died on board a loading Kaduna-bound bus, yesterday's incident sswas said to have occurred at the premises of LUTH after the said victim was rushed in by the Port Health Services.

According to reports, the deceased who died at LUTH was first rushed to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital where he was put on high index suspicion due to the symptoms he exhibited like high temperature, diarrhoea and vomiting.

Before he could be rushed to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba for a blood test, he was said to have started vomiting blood and died a few hours later.

Sources said although the hospital was yet to ascertain if he had Ebola, investigations had begun.

Despite repeated attempts to reach the Public Relations Officer of LUTH, Mrs. Hope Nwawolo, she did not take her calls nor did she return them. Subsequent text messages to her phone hours later were not answered.

But in an earlier interview with THISDAY, Nwawolo had said the hospital was equipped in the eventuality that it got such patients.

According to her, the hospital had gone a step further to train its medical personnel and caregivers on what to look out for when treating patients, as well as measures of prevention.

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