Lagos records 5 new suspected Ebola cases

Five new suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease were brought to the Yaba Mainland Hospital, Lagos, on Tuesday, the Lagos State government has said.

At a press conference, Wednesday, Jide Idris, the State Commissioner for Health, told journalists that two of those cases were from secondary contacts.

“Till date, we have recorded eight suspected cases, five of which came in yesterday, 12 confirmed,” said Dr. Idris.

“On the whole, five have died (including the index case). We are currently following up 213 contacts, and 62 have completed the two-day follow-up,” he added.

On Tuesday, Stella Adadevoh, the Senior Consultant and Endocrinologist at First Consultant Medical Centre, Obalende, passed away after succumbing to the deadly virus.

Dr. Idris paid tributes to the deceased doctor as well as the other health workers who had died from Ebola virus since the disease broke out in July, describing them as the heroes and heroines of the day.

“She, (Dr. Adadevoh) it was, who took the initiative to intimate the Ministry concerning the index case – Liberian-American (Mr. Patrick Sawyer) and substantially to her credit the moderate containment achieved is owed,” said Dr. Idris.

“She led the team who attended to the index case. Her doggedness and commitment to duty saw her personally reviewing the case even though the patient had earlier been seen by a doctor.

“The Ministry of Health commiserates with their families, co-workers, friends and loved ones on these irreparable losses which was on the line of duty,” he added.

Dr. Idris also said that the government’s “vigorous” contact tracing is now shifting from primary to secondary contacts.

“The mode of spread remains mainly transmission from an infected person in an infective state and from an infected animal (bat, monkey, etc) to a person.

“This is a call for vigilance as human to human transmission is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill (fever being a key sign) from Ebola virus through body fluids such as blood, urine, stool, saliva, breast milk, semen, and vomitus.

“Burial ceremonies where mourners including family members have direct contact with patients who died of Ebola have also played a role in the spread and direct contact with dead bodies should be minimized at this period, even as washing and burial/disposal of such bodies should be professionally handled with safety to personal health of handlers being a cardinal focus,” he added.

The Commissioner urged Lagos residents not to panic as health personnel are in place to manage the current cases, while efforts are doubled to secure the services of more volunteers to cope with any contingency.

“Certain concerns have been raised regarding those already discharged. I wish to re-assure you that the discharge process was in line with WHO International Health Regulations and they are still being followed up. No recorded carrier state in person that have recovered from the disease has been recorded,” said Dr. Idris.

“I encourage persons who have come in contact with infected persons to report early for treatment as such improves chances of survival.”

 


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  • Shehu Mamman

    It is well, we shall overcome.

  • Isiagwo

    In times of medical emergencies, information is channelled through one source. Who is this person? This people are bent on politicising everything under the sun. Next we will start hearing from the head of the health department, Oshodi local government, on the latest information on Ebola.

  • Solaside

    five were discharged, five new cases, meanwhile they never released the names of those discharged neither do they allow anyone to video the so called discharge and now five unknown faces which were the same phantom discharged patients. I wish the discharge was true but I now have my doubts.

  • Sanee sanee

    If the ministry of health has heard the NSA warning non of these will be happening to us now is story after story so far there is no medicine 4 Ebola days why people r dying those discharged is not that they r treated but wrongly caged to found out they r negative after observations

  • Ojo Peter

    I have implicit confidence in our medical team. Nigerians are intellectually rugged. We will work and excel if we want to. We only become mischievous when money and politics are involved. Ebola is curable. if only we will allow those who have come forward with trial drugs to prove themselves. Our problem is that we always wait for foreigners to come and confirm our work. Because of the multi-million dollars business prospect of Ebola drugs, the US and Britain will never agree that the cure can come from somewhere else. You can see that even ZMapp has already been patented to a drug company in the US even before it is fully cleared.

    If the American CDC will allow the untested drug to be used for their citizens, why not Nigerian do the same. instead, all the classroom and office scientists were assembled and they were being made to validate a drug they have no iota of knowledge of its development. These people who are suppose to be drugs researchers themselves have never been heard of anywhere until now. Just because someone somewhere needed them to do a hatchet-man’s job. They started asking 18th century research questions for a 21st century virus. Who is that researcher that will give all the details about his discovery before you give him opportunity to undertake clinical trials of his findings? Wait a little while, you will hear how NanoSilver will be hijacked by western powers and given another name and brought back to us here to pay for it. The black-man and his backward thinking. Give our people the opportunity to excel before putting road blocks on their way of breakthroughs.

  • Ojo Peter

    What is difference? If you allow the clinical trials of this drugs, those who will die will die and those will survive will do. But the chances are that many more will survive and who say all cannot survive if the drug is potent enough. If you don’t buy lies, you will may never buy truth. In medical history, there is no confirmed drug that was not given a trial opportunity. The doctors will tell you sincerely that they are certificated murderers who have killed severally in error in the course of medical practice.