The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, on Friday ordered the indefinite closure of its staff clinic located at the Muri Okunola area of Victoria Island, Lagos.
The closure followed a suspected case of Ebola virus on admission at the clinic.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, said in a statement that it was discovered that the patient visited the First Consultant Medical Centre during the period the first Ebola case was reported at that clinic.
Mr. Alegbe explained that the pre-emptive step was taken after the case was duly reported to the Federal Ministry of Health as well as officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health.
He said the medical team had assured that the patient was in stable condition.
A source at the NNPC told PREMIUM TIMES that the staff that visited the First Consultant Medical Centre went there to visit his wife. The hospital is where late Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian that died of the virus in Nigeria, died.
“The (NNPC) staff’s wife is said to be one of the nurses that was diagnosed of Ebola at the hospital,” the source told PREMIUM TIMES.
Mr. Alegbe did not provide details of the NNPC staff but said “in the meantime, all contacts with this case are being traced and adequate precautionary measures instituted to contain the possible spread of the disease.”