Ebola scare in Asaba

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Following the Ebola scare in Asaba, Delta State's capital Thursday, September 4, the blood sample of a woman who was admitted at the Federal Medical Centre and suspected to have the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), has been sent to Lagos for test by the Delta State Government.

This information was made known by the State Commissioner for Health and Chairman of the Delta State Inter-ministerial Committee on the disease, Dr. Joseph Otumara on Friday.

He said the Committee will wait for the result of the diagnosis to come out before making any categorical statement on the woman.

Confirming this, Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre, Asaba, Dr Leo Erhunmwunse said the state Inter-Ministerial Committee on EVD visited the hospital on Thursday evening and took samples of the patient’s blood. "If it is confirmed positive, the patient will be taken to one of the isolation centres but if otherwise, the hospital will continue treatment".

He debunked stories making the rounds that the patient was abandoned outside by the medical personnel out of fear of contracting the dreaded virus. According to him, treatment has long commenced.


He explained: “This woman had come in to Delta State through the Asaba International airport on Thursday evening from Lagos. She came in with a reported case of vomiting and stooling of blood. She collapsed there and was subsequently rushed to the Emergency Unit of the Federal Medical Centre Asaba where her presence caused a stir.”

Meanwhile, the emergency and female surgical wards of the FMC, Asaba, where the suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) patient was confined have been cordoned off by security personnel as at the time of filing in this report.


Source: Ab-Davidson Nwohonja

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