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No Nigerian Infected With Ebola Virus – Health Ministry

Nigerians have been advised
to be calm and not panic over
the reported case of Ebola
Virus in Lagos State, with an
assurance that no Nigerian is
infected with the virus.

Addressing a joint Ministerial
Press briefing of the Lagos
State Ministry of Health and
Federal Ministry of Health on
development concerning the
disease on Monday, the
Commissioner for Health, Dr
Jide Idris, affirmed that there
had only been one case of
imported Ebola resulting in
the death of a Liberian
diplomat in Lagos.

He emphasised that health
authorities were being very
proactive about the detection
of the Ebola Virus in the
Liberian, who was on his way
to Calabar for a conference,
by ensuring that all contacts
were being actively followed.
Dr Idris said part of the
measures taken after the
death of the Liberian was the
demobilisation of the private
hospital where he was
admitted and elimination of
primary source of infection.
He stated that the
decontamination process in all
affected areas had

“The corpse of the victim has
since been cremated, and the
ash is awaiting further
directives from the Liberian
Embassy,” he said,
commending the
Management of the hospital
for effectively detecting a
high-risk patient within 24

“Adhering strictly to WHO
guidelines, the body of the
deceased patient was
decontaminated using 10%
sodium hypochlorite and
cremated, with the permission
of the government of Liberia.

A cremation urn has been
prepared for dispatch to the
family. The vehicle that
conveyed the remains was
also fully decontaminated,” he
In terms of contacts tracing,

Dr Idris explained that so far a
total of 59 contacts was
registered consisting of 44
hospital contacts (38
healthcare workers and six
laboratory staff) and 15
Airport contacts comprising 3
ECOWAS staff-driver, Liaison,
and Protocol officers, Nigerian
Ambassador to Monrovia, two
nursing staff and five Airport
passenger handlers.
He further explained that out
of the number, 20 contacts
had been physically screened
of which 50 per cent were of
the type one contact and
another 50 per cent had type
two contacts.

The Airline manifest has not
been provided by the airline
at the time of this report and
therefore, the precise number
of passenger contacts is yet to
be ascertained, especially as
two flights were involved
(Monrovia-Lome and Lome-
Lagos). There was no report
of a medical incident filed.

Dr Idris stated that an
isolation ward was designated
by the Lagos State Ministry of
Health at the Infectious
Disease Hospital, Yaba for
case management while the
designation of three other
health facilities is underway.

The Commissioner also said a
call-in team was established
for the public to dial in and
obtain information on the
Ebola Virus Disease while Toll-
free lines were obtained from
a telecommunication service
provider to be used for
answering questions, creating
awareness, and receiving
notifications of any suspected
case just as public awareness
creation through social media
such as Twitter and
Facebook’s accounts had
been also activated.

The President of the Nigerian
Academy of Science, Professor
Oyewale Tomori, who was
also at the briefing said all the
contact persons are being
screened on a continuous
basis to look for any possible
signs of the disease.

He commended the timely
action taken by the Lagos
State Government and the
private hospital adding that
there is absolutely no need
for people to panic as the
golden rule is to observe the
personal hygiene of always
washing the hands regularly
with soap.

In a statement issued after the
press briefing, a spokesman
for the governor of Lagos
State, Mr Hakeem Bello,
assured Nigerians that both
the State and Federal
Governments were well
prepared to ensure that the
Ebola Virus Disease did not

Also at the briefing were the
Special Adviser to the
Governor on Information and
Strategy, Mr Lateef Raji and
Permanent Secretary Ministry
of Health, Dr Modele
Osunkiyesi, Permanent
Secretary, Health Services
Commission, Dr Hamid
Balogun and Permanent
Secretary Primary Health Care
Board, Dr Kayode

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