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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:14 am 
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BREAKING NEWS: Kwara Government Isolates Suspected Ebola patients
The Kwara State Government said today that it has isolated some patients suspected to have contracted the dreaded Ebola virus in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Making the announcement on his twitter handle, monitored by e-kwara.com today, the Kwara Commissioner for Information, Mr. Tunji Morounfoye, said that the suspected case had yet to be confirmed.
“We are still awaiting results of the tests carried out on the patients who are currently isolated. They came in from Lagos,” he said
e-Kwara investigations reveal that the suspected Ebola patients came from Lagos State Tuesday and lodged at a popular hospital (name withheld) along Olorunshogo area of Ilorin.
A source at the hospital informed e-kwara under a strict condition of anonymity that the patient is a toddler that was vomiting and stoolling uncontrollably.
The hospital management was said to have alerted the Kwara Ministry of Health over the suspected case.
It is not yet clear what the Kwara Government is doing to douse building tension in the metropolis.
This medium however learnt that Mr. Morounfoye may address the media in few minutes over the public alert and the panic it had so far generated.
Meanwhile, a former senator and first daughter of the late strongman of Ilorin politics, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, has bemoaned government’s negligence over the virus. She said that the Kwara State Government should not have waited for the PDP to awaken it to its responsibility before it acted.
She stated this today in a post on her facebook timeline. She said she was sad that the Kwara government was defaulting of its basic responsibility of sensitizing the public on the dreaded virus.
“What does it take the government to go to the streets, to the churches and the mosques and sensitize the people? How long does it take the government to act? Is it after the PDP has woken it to the danger posed by the virus? I am sad beyond words?”
“On a personal note, I am embarking on a street-by-street sensitization of especially women and children. They are the most vulnerable and we should stop at nothing to get them duly informed,” she said.

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@pingtayo We are still awaiting results of the tests carried out on the patients. Who are currently isolated. They came in from Lagos.

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There is no CONFIRMED case of the Ebola virus in Kwara. KWSG has isolated SUSPECTED case. Tests results are being awaited. Pls Stay CALM.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:46 am 
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Kwara closes hospital over 7-month-old baby suspected of Ebola
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Kwara state government on Thursday announced the immediate closure of a private hospital in the metropolis over a suspected Ebola Virus contamination.

Announcing the closure of the hospital, the Senior Special Assistant to the Kwara state governor on Public health Professor Sunday Opabola and his counterpart from the Secondary Health Dr Ibrahim Gambari said the 7-month-old baby suspected with the virus has already been isolated and quarantined in Sobi Specialist hospital.

According to Professor Opabola, the suspected baby girl came into the state with her mother as visitors from Ibadan, Oyo state.

He explained that upon their entry into the state in August the child was taken to hospital on malaria case, adding that after the baby has spent 3 days on admission and there was no sign of improvement the doctor treating him reported the case to the ministry for prompt action.

He said after close examination the patient vomit was discovered to have traces of blood in it, which was taken and sent to Lagos for laboratory examination.

He said “If not for the situation on ground, malaria, cholera and other cases in babies can come with such symptoms like that of Ebola virus.

He said the state government can not take chances hence the reason the hospital was closed down and survailance was put in place to prevent any possible spread.

He said the state government has already ortdered the purchase of Ebola test machine from Abuja and it is to be installed at the Kwara Diagnostic centre .

He noted that the state has created three Isolation centres one in Sobi Specialist Hospital ,Omu-Aran general hospial and the general hospital Okuta on the boarder town of the state .

He urged the people of the state not to panic though the case was a global case ,but that Kwara is safe.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:53 am 
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Ebola: Kwara Orders Closure Of Hospital
By Abdullahi Olesin, Ilorin
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The Kwara State government has ordered the immediate closure of Kiddies hospital- a private health facility in Ilorin, the state capital over suspected Ebola Virus contamination.

Announcing the closure of the hospital, the Senior Special Assistant to the Kwara State governor on public health, Professor Sunday Opabola and his counterpart in the secondary health, Dr Ibrahim Gambari said the seven months old baby suspected to have contacted ebola virus has already been isolated and quarantined at Sobi specialist hospital.

According to Professor Opabola the suspected baby girl came into the state with her mother as visitors from Ibadan, Oyo state.

He explained that upon their entry into the state in August the child was taken to the hospital on malaria case ,adding that after the baby spent three days on admission and there was no sign of improvement, the doctor treating him reported the case to the ministry for prompt action.

He said after close examination, the patient’s vomit was discovered to have traces of blood in it, which was taken and sent to Lagos for laboratory examination.

He said “if not of the situation on ground ,malaria ,cholera and other cases in babies can come with such symptoms like that of Ebola virus.”

He said the state government can not take chances, hence the reason the hospital was closed down and surveillance put in place to prevent any possible spread.

He said the state government has already ordered the purchase of Ebola test machine from Abuja and it is to be installed at the Harmony Diagnostic centre, Ilorin.

He added that the state has created three isolation centres at Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin, Omu-Aran general hospital and the general hospital, Okuta.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:51 pm 
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Medical Centre, Olorunsogo, Ilorin was yesterday quarantined and locked over suspected case of Ebola patient, the Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Ayo Ojuawo, has said the hospital has not confirmed any positive Ebola patient.

The medical director, who clarified this while speaking with Royal Times correspondent, said a baby of seven months who was referred to the hospital from one other hospital over diarrhoea and blood vomiting had been handed over to the state Ministry of Health for further observation and treatment.

Speaking on the development, the Kwara State Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Abdul Isa Kayode, said: “It is a suspected case and the child is responding to treatment. The ministry is conducting a comprehensive report on the baby after which official statement will be issued.”

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:29 pm 
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Ebola Virus: Kwara reports suspected case in Ilorin
Thursday, 14 August 2014 22:02 Written by Abiodun Fagbemi, Ilorin

2KWARA State government Thursday announced the discovery of a suspected case of Ebola virus in Ilorin.

The suspected case, a boy of seven months old, was said to have been treated for fever at a private hospital in the town.

His mother was said to have travelled from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to Ilorin when the boy fell ill.

When the condition did no improve after two days on admission as he persisted in stooling and vomiting, he was referred to a pediatrician who is the proprietor of another clinic.

After spending about three hours in the referred hospital, according to the Senior Special Assistant on Public Health to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Prof. Sunday Opakunle, the proprietor of the clinic said there were traces of blood in the stool, and quickly alerted the Ebola Committee on the development.

According to Opakunle at a press briefing in Ilorin, “ordinarily the symptoms could have been something else, but in view of the prevailing global scourge on Ebola, we decided not to take chances on it. We moved into action, by evacuating the baby and the mother to our isolated ward for Ebola at Sobi Specialist Hospital where the boy is placed on examination and treatment. Besides, we have sealed the clinics for a few days and de contaminated them.”

He disclosed that no history of contact was established between the patient as none of those around the baby was symptomatic.

He said the next stage was to conduct examination and Laboratory Medical Imaging on him.

Opabola said, the samples of the baby had been sent to Lagos, Redeemer University and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) with a promise that the results would be made available “later today.”

Besides, he disclosed that the state government has concluded plans to install its own test machines at the State’s Advanced Diagnostic Centre in Ilorin to cater for any future emergencies relating to Ebola.

Already, three quarantined centres have been established in the State Opabola said members of the public should not panic but religiously follow all the laid down preventive measures on the scourge.

NYSC asks states to integrate orientation camps into preventive measures’

From Hendrix Oliomogbe, Asaba

WORRIED over the rising cases of Ebola virus, the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig. Gen. Johnson Olawumi has directed all state Commissioners of Health to integrate the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation camps into their contingency plans in case of any suspected outbreak of the contagious disease.

Olawumi who spoke after inspecting the Delta State Orientation Camp at Issele-Uku, Aniocha North council of the State yesterday explained that all NYSC camp clinics have been equipped with necessary items for the medical personnel to properly handle any suspected patient of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

He assured corps members of adequate security in any part of the country, saying that the scheme was in partnership with state governments across the federation in an integrated framework geared towards ensuring the safety of corps members throughout the service year.

VC charges scientists on cure

From Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin City

The Vice Chancellor, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Prof. Ernest Izevbigie yesterday charged scientists in the country on the need to research into how to find a cure for the dreaded Ebola virus.

He stated this at a press briefing heralding the school’s 10th convocation ceremony where he said 456 students would graduate from the school.

He said “The world has been in a state of panic over the re-emergence of Ebola virus, we have a lot of professionals in this country. We have many professors in this country in various fields. The essence of the attainment of academic excellence is to do research. You don’t get professorship as a honour just like that, you have to engage in active research for societal value. He added: “Some of us have been saying America should do more, the West should do more, I have a different approach which is that everybody should do more. The global community should do more, we should not look for somebody to come and solve our problems.

China pledges N850m for affected W’ African countries

•Pharmacists promise to help halt spread

By Chukwuma Muanya and Kenechukwu Ezeonyejiaku

Chinese government yesterday promised to provide a total value of N850 million (30 million Yuan/5 million USD) emergency humanitarian aid for the three Ebola-stricken West African countries to help them deal with the scourge.

In a similar development, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has also pledged support in the fight against the spread of the deadly virus.

According to a statement by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Lagos, the humanitarian supplies are mainly protective clothing and gears, monitoring devices, sprays, drugs and other medical equipment, and has been shipped to the destination by the chartered flight on August 10.

The Consulate said the recent outbreak of the Ebola in such three West Africa countries as Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone poses a serious threat to the local people’s health and life, adding ,“The nations acted quickly after the outbreak by mobilizing social forces, local and international resources to fight against the spread of epidemic, trying their best to minimize the loss of life of local people.”

The statement reads: “A friend in need is a friend indeed. Chinese and African peoples are good brothers, good friends and good partners, who grow together by sharing weal and woe, and always support and help each other.”

Besides the above-mentioned emergency supplies, medical teams sent by Chinese government in these countries are actively participating in treating of Ebola patients, regardless of their personal safety, making great contribution to the epidemic prevention and control.”

In a statement, the PSN noted that as emphasis is on prevention of the spread of the disease, it has become imperative for them to take drastic actions to help arrest the impending epidemic which has no known cure at the moment.

U.S. embassy to partner Nigeria on surveillance at airports

From Joke Falaju, Abuja

The United State Embassy in Nigeria has pledged to assist the Federal Government in the scale up surveillance at the nation’s airport to curtail the spread of the Ebola Virus diseases.

The Deputy Chief Information Officer, US Embassy, Maria Brewers who stated this during a courtesy call on the Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka in Abuja.

She said: “I think Nigerian government is on track towards retaining the Category1 status even in the face of the outbreak of the Ebola disease in the country, and I think the government has taken the right steps in curtailing the virus and we intend to work with you in all the airports.”

She said the embassy has been working with the Aviation Ministry both in Abuja and Lagos to ensure proper screening of passengers coming in and out of the country, and the Center for Disease Control was working with the government to ensure that the disease is stamped out and it does not further impact any population.

She stressed the need for more public health workers who would engage in screening of passengers who are coming in and out of the country, adding that its public health communicators have been sensitizing Nigerians on ways of preventing the spread of the virus.

Chidoka in his remark, assured that the outbreak of the Ebola virus, would not be a damper the country preparedness for Category 1 certification status, rather it would increase preparedness.

He further assured that Nigeria was on track and is addressing all the necessary gaps in the attainment of the Category1 status so that when the inspection team comes back all the facilities would have been put in place.

Salt not antidote to Ebola, says NAFDAC

Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dr Paul Orhii has advised members of the public to disregard rumours purporting that salt can cure complication resulting from the Ebola virus which has so far killed two persons in the country and put eight others under intensive management.

While urging the public to stop listening to rumours of an Ebola cure, Orhii said there was no known cure for the deadly virus at the moment and advised members of the public to embrace strict personal hygiene by washing of hands with soap or hand sanitizer and avoid crowded places.

The NAFDAC boss gave this advice while inaugurating the latest batch of corp members into NAFDAC/NYSC-CDS group at NYSC orientation camp, Kubwa in Abuja. Orhii was represented at the event by the Director, Special Duties of the Agency, Dr. Abubakar JIimoh.

Taking cognizance of the importance of accurate and reliable public health information, Orhii said NAFDAC was strengthening its partnership with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), through the design of new strategies geared towards consolidating on the gain made so far in the area of public enlightenment and youth advocacy to eradicate the menace of fake drugs and unwholesome regulated products.

The NAFDAC DG said the agency’s partnership with NYSC through NAFDAC/NYSC-CDS group has recorded great successes in reaching the grassroots with messages of safe food and drug practices.

He added that the move necessitated NAFDAC to build on the successes of its previous strategies and increase its support and commitment towards ensuring that Corp members are empowered with the right information to be ambassadors of the agency in their places of primary assignment.

He said, “the thrust of this strategy is anchored on the unassailable mileage of the youth corps members and gravitating on their creative energies in educating Nigerians particularly at the hinterlands on the regulatory activities of the agency”

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:44 pm 
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There are fears that the Ebola virus has arrived Kwara state – on the back of a seven month baby.

The Kwara State Chairman of Ebola Viral Disease Control Committee, Prof. Sunday Opabola, on Thursday said that a suspected case of Ebola disease has been reported in the state.

The Punch reports that the suspect is a seven-month old baby who had come with his parents from Ibadan for a visit at Ilorin after one of those taking care of him had returned to Ibadan from Lagos.

Addressing journalists in Ilorin on Thursday, he stated that it had not yet been confirmed that the child is infected with Ebola and that there is no confirmed case of the disease in the state as being rumoured, adding that residents of the state should not panic.

Opabola who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed on Public Health clarified that the baby who was on Wednesday suspected to have been infected with Ebola was found with some symptoms which, he stated are not exclusive to Ebola disease.

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Baby with Ebola-like symptoms dies in Ilorin
16.Aug.2014 Biola Azeez - Ilorin

A seven-month-old baby boy suspected to have Ebola virus infection in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, is dead.

Speaking with the Saturday Tribune in Ilorin on Friday, the senior special adviser to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state on Secondary Health, Dr. Ibrahim Gambari, said the mother of the baby remained quarantined at Sobi Specialist Hospital, Ilorin, adding however,that the baby could not have died of Ebola disease.

It is recalled that the state chairman of the committee on Control of Ebola Virus Disease, Professor Sunday Opabola, on Thursday said there was no confirmed case of the disease in the state as being speculated around, adding that tests carried out on the baby had already been taken for tests at two centres in Lagos including Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

He said the result of the tests were expected to be out on Friday, adding that Governor Ahmed had ordered for test equipment to be installed at the state’s Advanced Diagnostic Centre in Ilorin.

Opabola, a professor of Medicine, who doubles as the Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Public Health, said that the baby was found with some symptoms which are not exclusive to Ebola disease but also have to do with those of Lassa fever, cholera, malaria and some other diseases.

He explained that the baby had been brought to Ilorin by his parents who had come to the town for a visit from Ibadan after one of those taking care of him had returned to Ibadan from Lagos.

He said that the baby initially came up with symptoms of malaria and was being treated for that for about two days without improvement before his mother was advised to take him to a private pediatric specialist hospital in Ilorin.

Opabola disclosed that the pediatrician medical director of the hospital carried out a clinical assessment on the patient and discovered Ebola-like symptoms such as fever, diarrhea and vomiting of contents that partly contained blood.

He said this made the doctor to make a report of the baby’s case to the relevant government agency for necessary actions.

He also disclosed that the government had decided to temporarily close down the private hospital where the baby was taken to. While saying that though it was not yet established that the baby’s case is Ebola, Opabola added that the government was taking those proactive measures as part of its commitment to keep people in the state insulated from being infected with the diseases. He said that those treating the baby at the Specialist Hospital used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), adding that ambulance used to take him to the specialist hospital had been dedicated for such an assignment while it is to be regularly decontaminated.
Opabola disclosed that the government had also decided to establish isolation and quarantine centres at the Specialist Hospital and the General Hospital at Omu-Aran in south district of the state and at Okuta in the north district.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:58 am 
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Ebola: Quarantined Patient Tests Negative in Ilorin

Date: 2014-08-16

KWARA State is now confirmed to be FREE from the deadly Ebola Virus Disease!

This was confirmed this evening, as the test results of the suspected quarantined patient that was sent to Lagos just came in, and the result was NEGATIVE.

It will be recalled that there was palpable fear, and scare among residents of Ilorin, the capital city of Kwara State, as people thought a 7- month old baby, alleged to have manifested with symptoms that simulated that of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, was said to have been taken to a popular Pediatrics Clinic in Ilorin , Kwara State.

After conducting routine checks on the baby, the Medical director of the Clinic was said to have alerted the relevant authorities of the government, due to suspected Ebola Virus Diagnosis, who moved in swiftly to quarantine the patient in one of the Government Hospitals in Kwara State, designated for such.

What also heightened fear was that the parents of the baby were said to have have travelled from Ibadan to Ilorin.

According to the Commissioner For Information in Kwara State, Mr. Tunji Moronfoye, who said via his twitter handle:

“Kwara state is free of Ebola. The test result of the quarantined suspected patient came back Nagative tonight. This doesn’t mean we rest!!!”

Furthermore, a report obtained from his facebook page also reads thus:

“My Fellow Kwarans, it’s with special Thanks to Almighty God, that I bear this great tidings. Kwara state is still free of the Ebola virus. We have received the result of the test on the quarantined patients. They came back tonight NEGATIVE! That is not to say that we have rested on our oars, we (KWSG) continue to prepare most frantically and assiduously for an onslaught of the dreaded virus. Please continue to be sanitary conscious and careful in your attitude as usual. We all remain prayerful to God to help us out of this scourge that has besieged our great nation. God bless our Leaders in Kwara and our great state. KWARA STATE, It is good here…..”

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