Fight against Ebola not over yet – Lagos Response chief

Ebola patient being attended to during the last outbreak

The Head, Ebola Response Team at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi-Araba, Philip Oshun, on Tuesday said the fight against Ebola virus is not over yet.

Mr. Oshun said in Lagos that health workers should continue to observe standard precautions in handling infectious diseases, especially Ebola virus.

He said: “Now that we have been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation, WHO, we have won the battle.

“But the war is still on. As long as there are Ebola cases in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea we are also still at risk.

“And so, what we need to be doing now is one, in our hospitals, we need to upgrade our state of preparedness in terms of infection control.

“We need to take standard precautions like hand washing, provision of personal protective equipment, cleaning and disinfection and waste management.”

Mr. Oshun, who is also a microbiologist, said that health workers should continue to maintain a high suspicion for cases by remaining vigilant and taking patients’ history.

“We also need to be vigilant, especially when we receive patients.

“Health workers should be familiar with the procedure called screen, isolate and notify.

“They should know how to ask about history of contact with exposure and notify the Ebola Emergency Centre in case of a suspected case of Ebola virus,” he said.

Mr. Oshun said that there was need for an enhanced and expanded surveillance system that would have weekly reports from every hospital, the community and the ports.

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