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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 10:51 am 
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Media reports and WHO update cite three suspect Ebola cases (2 in Lagos and 1 in Kaduna.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:49 am 
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New (1) Confirmed Probable Suspect Totals (by Country)

Nigeria
Cases 3 12 0 3 15
Deaths 0 4 0 0 4

(1) New cases were reported between 14 and 16 August 2014.

http://www.who.int/csr/don/2014_08_19_ebola/en/

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Ebola: 3 Fresh Cases In Kaduna, Lagos; Officials Beef Up Capacity
By GEORGE OKOJIE
— Aug 19, 2014 | 6 Comments
Fresh facts emerged yesterday that three new suspected cases of the deadly ebola virus disease have been discovered in Kaduna and Lagos states.

Four more patients who had been undergoing treatment for the disease at the Lagos treatment centre, were discharged after they had been certified free of the disease.

Briefing journalists at the Infectious Disease Hospital located in Yaba area of Lagos, the Lagos State commissioner for health, Dr Jide Idris, said they have 12 confirmed cases which included the index and all the other cases that had tested positive.

The commissioner said, “As at yesterday, we have three new suspected cases. And one of them is a blood sample from Kaduna State while the two others are from Lagos, and they are primary contact. One reason for this was that they do not have the laboratory to test for the virus.

“What we have now is that there are four people dead, including the index (Mr Patrick Sawyer). We have eight in the isolation ward before the Saturday when we released the doctor. And this doctor was released after testing negative and going through the World Health Organization and Centre for Disease Control procedures for discharge.”

Idris added, “We have four more patients that are ready for discharge, and they have gone

through the same protocol — the protocol is that before we release anyone or certified him or her negative, he or she has to be symptoms-free for over three days. Also, we had to test their blood and the result proved negative of the virus.

“They will be released today (yesterday) after they have completed their counselling exercise being conducted by our psychosocial team. But they will come periodically for checkups, though they are okay.”

He revealed that the other three patients were still being monitored at the isolation centre, saying once they got better they would be released.

On the suspected nurse that ran to Enugu State, Idris said, “The lady who ran to Enugu is still under isolation and she has tested positive to the virus.”

Asked the treatment given to the patients, he said, “There is no specific treatment for Ebola virus disease, EVD. We treat the patients based on the presentation. For instance, if the patients show symptoms of diarrhoea, he or she has to be treated with electrolyte and others. If the person shows signs of pains, he will be given drugs on pains. We have enough drugs to take care of them.

“If they require intensive care, we will do that. This is part of the equipment that has been brought in. They will be provided with such.”

He explained that medical personnel had increased, saying: “At the moment, we have gotten more medical personnel to care for the patients. We have eight doctors and nine nurses and some health workers who have gone through the training.

“We have also been joined by infectious disease experts from Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). All these people have gone through the training, though the number is not enough; we need more.”

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:56 am 
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Residents of Kyero3aduna and the state government have intensified the battle against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus to the state.



Although the outbreak of the virus is yet to be reported in Kaduna and the northern part of the country since it broke out in Lagos, residents who are already aware of the disease are taking precautionary measures to contain its spread.

Nigeria along with Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are the hardest hit countries by the epidemic, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has called the worst in four decades.

A day after the WHO declared the epidemic an international health emergency, state governments in Nigeria are scrambling to impose measures to prevent contagion of the virus which has claimed over 1,000 lives.

Although many are aware about the deadly disease and its mode of transmission, the ability of people to avoid being infected and adhere to the preventive measures such as avoiding body contacts, crowdy places, proper and regular hand washing and handshake pose a major concern.

In Kaduna, the traditional capital of northern Nigeria, many people are at risk of this global emergency due to the stringent measures involved.

For example, the market located in the state capital, people are transacting their business with ease, not minding being infected.

It is the same story at the motor parks. Passengers travelling from one point to another are also at risk. Many said they don’t have a choice.

While everybody seem to be worried about the scourge, a group of concerned journalists have taken the bull by the horn to sensitise the public about the virus.

Leader of the group, Yusuf Idris, told Channels Television that the move became imperative considering the nature of the virus and how fast it spreads, stating that proper awareness campaign is what is needed at present to contain the spread of the disease.

The state government says it is not resting, as it had designated some public health facilities across the 23 Local Government Areas to serve as containment centres. And also trained medical personnel in case of an outbreak of the disease in the state, while on their part, the management of kaduna refinery also held a sensitisation meeting for its staff and host communities about the virus

The Ebola outbreak has major implications for a large segment of the population, economy, and religion of the entire world as there is no specific period for its transmission from one person to the other.

Beyond the preventive measures being put in place by government and corporate institutions, residents were also taking action.

But despite that, motor parks, markets and places of worship still remain vulnerable in contracting the virus.

The outbreak of Ebola virus in Nigeria has prompted a review of traditional practices of various government and private institutions, religious faiths, and communities. The virus has also stimulated significant research in the academic community into finding possible cure.

And to avoid further spread of the virus, it is expected that people must adhere to all the health tips and warnings by medical experts while massive sensitisation by all stakeholders will go a long way in curbing the spread.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:08 am 
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Category: News Published on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 05:00 Written by Misbahu Bashir & Christiana Alabi, Kaduna, Dele Ogunyemi, Ibadan & Ruby Leo, Abuja Hits: 479
All three suspected Ebola cases, one from Kaduna and two from Lagos have tested negative to the Ebola virus disease.
The project coordinator of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Professor Abdulsalami Nasidi confirmed yesterday the three cases were being monitored even though they tested negative.
According to him, all cases are still confined in Lagos and so far, great improvements are being observed in the programme with the release of five persons from isolation.
A soldier in Kaduna whose blood sample was taken tested negative for the virus, a senior heath official said yesterday.
Blood samples of the patient were taken to a laboratory in Lagos on Sunday and the result of the analysis released Monday cleared him of the virus.
Kaduna State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Thot Joseph Dogo, said medical officials isolated the patient who was diagnosed with fever after his arrival from Liberia where he served for some time.
He said the sample of the blood tested negative at the Lagos laboratory and the patient had been cleared of the virus after he was monitored for 16 days.
On arrangements for screening equipment in the state, he said, “The unfortunate thing is that people are not well informed. The screening is being done only in Lagos now. The federal government is making arrangements to come up with ways to make sure all the zones have the screening equipment. At the state level, we do not have the screening centre, what we have is what we can do to get the result in 24 hours and the federal government is ready to do that for us free of charge. We have an isolation centre now. If we have any outbreak or incident, we will quickly move in there for isolation.”
Similarly, the blood sample of a suspected patient brought to the Adeoyo State hospital in Ibadan Monday tested negative, the Oyo State Commissioner for Health , Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, said yesterday.
He said the result which came out yesterday evening, only showed that the patient was suffering from high malaria fever. The commissioner, while assuring the people of the state that adequate measures to contain the disease have been put in place however said the patient would be monitored until she fully recovers.
The state government has instituted 24-hour monitoring and tracking of suspected Ebola cases in all 33 local government areas of the state to prevent spread. The commissioner said emphasis was being placed on the border regions of Saki West, Iwajowa, Atisbo and Itesiwaju council areas.

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