Nigeria: Nigeria takes measures to stem Ebola disease

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With at least one case of Ebola Virus Disease so far recorded in Nigeria, the federal government has taken measures to prevent infected travellers from bringing the disease into the country.

The measures including working with foreign airlines to set up screening and isolation centres at international airports and other entry points.

Last week, a 40-year-old Liberian man, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, died shortly on arrival in Nigeria, after he was found to have been infected with the Ebola virus.

PANA reports that Sawyer, who flew in to Lagos on Sunday, died on Thursday at a hospital in the city. His remains were cremated.

The Lagos state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who announced Sawyer's death, said the Liberian tested positive to Ebola, but that the result of a definitive test is being awaited from Dakar, Senegal's capital.

Apparently, he was already ill with the disease before he boarded the flight that took him first to the South-eastern city of Calabar, where he took another flight to Lagos.

The local Punch newspaper Monday quoted Aviation Spokesman Yakubu Dati as saying the government had commenced the screening of international passengers suspected to have the virus

“We have started the necessary screening at the airports and we are talking to the airlines to ensure that those who board their flights are not in the category of those infected with the virus.

“Secondly, we also look at the manifests thoroughly and on arrival, we look at all the critical issues. Right now, we have the Port Health at the airports and they have set up intensive screening centres, made up of medical personnel.

“We are also in the process of setting up isolation centres so that suspected patients will be isolated before being taken for treatment. So, we are working closely with the Federal Ministry of Health in that direction,” he said.

Over 1,093 cases and 660 deaths resulting from Ebola have been reported in West Africa since the outbreak of the disease in Guinea. It has now spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

EVD is a severe acute viral illness often characterised by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.

This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external
bleeding.

There is yet no cure for the disease.
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28 july 2014 09:30:50




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