The Ogun State Government said the rumoured Ebola patient admitted on Tuesday at state hospital, Ijebu-Ode, was an ulcer patient.
The Commissioner for Health, Olaokun Soyinka, made the explanation after a wide spread rumour making the rounds about Ebola Virus in the State.
In a statement made available to Journalists Wednesday, Mr. Soyinka described the rumour as false in its entirety, calling it “total misinformation.”
“I want to correct and set the records straight concerning some misinformation regarding a case that was reported to the Ogun State Ministry of Health early on Tuesday October 14 concerning a male patient admitted to an Ijebu Ode Hospital,” he said.
“On receipt of the information, our rapid response team was dispatched to investigate and the patient was rapidly given the all clear. He is a known peptic ulcer patient who had some bleeding and also tested positive for malaria. He has been treated and his symptoms are
Mr. Soyinka, who commended the private hospital concerned, said they acted responsibly in reporting to the authorities.
“We investigate such cases on a regular basis, and most often once assessment is completed, the all clear is given without raising fears and causing unnecessary public concern,” he said.
He stressed that in line with best practices, and as ably demonstrated by Lagos State recently, full disclosure remains the best protection against spread of the virus, adding that information needs to be made public and will be done so immediately and fully.
“In this case there is absolutely no cause for alarm,” he added.
The Commissioner also assured citizens of Ogun State that the Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has facilitated all necessary precautions and has ensured that the state health authorities are able to remain fully alert, even as the epidemic continues in West Africa.