Ebola Virus: Kaduna NMA Advocates Campaign In Rural Communities

TheEbola virus disease Kaduna State branch of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has advised both the federal and state governments to focus more of their enlightenment campaign on the Ebola virus disease to the rural communities rather than concentrating on the urban areas.

The association said that this has become imperative because majority of the rural dwellers eat more bush meat than their urban counterparts, and are also not properly enlightened to know the risks associated with the Ebola virus disease.

 

The Kaduna State NMA Chairman, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim, gave this advice at a press briefing in Kaduna on Saturday, where he debunked rumours spreading round the state since Thursday that there was an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the state.

He advised the residents to always confirm any issue relating to the Ebola case from health personnel instead of relying on rumours. He also advised them to adopt measures of protecting themselves from contracting the virus.

Mr Ibrahim reiterated the willingness of his members to attend to any case of Ebola or any other emergency in the state, despite the ongoing strike by medical doctors across the country.

He, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the Federal Government’s insurance cover for health workers who are attending to victims of Ebola virus, as well as the level of preparedness shown so far by both the Federal Government and the 36 state governments.

 

Ebola: NNPC Shuts Down Clinic In Lagos

NNPC Shuts downThe Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Friday, announced the indefinite shutdown of its clinic in the Muri Okunola area of Victoria Island, Lagos, following a suspected case of Ebola virus on admission at the clinic.

NNPC shuts down the clinic as it discovered that the patient visited the First Consultant Medical Centre during the period the first Ebola case was reported at that clinic.

The Corporation, in a statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ohi Alegbe, explained that the pre-emptive step was taken after the case was duly reported to the Federal Ministry of Health as well as officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

In the meantime, all contacts with this case are being traced and adequate precautionary measures instituted to contain the possible spread of the disease,” the Corporation stated.

The medical team has given assurances that the patient is in stable condition.

FG Says Two More Nigerians Have Been Confirmed With Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola virus diseaseThe Federal Government has announced that two more Nigerians have been confirmed to have contracted the Ebola virus disease.

So far, three Nigerians have contracted the Ebola virus disease, and health experts say case fatality for Nigeria is 28.6%.

A total of 139 contacts have been put on surveillance.

 

 

Ebola Cure: FG Requests For Unapproved ZMAPP From US

ebola cureThe Federal Government says it has reached out to the United States Centre for Disease Control to request for the unapproved drug ZMAPP, for the treatment of Ebola victims in Nigeria as the country continues its search for Ebola cure.

The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku and the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, told reporters after the Federal Executive Council meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday that the government was awaiting the response of the request it made last night to the centre in the US.

Professor Chukwu said ‎that the council meeting presided over by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, focused mainly on the measures being taken to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus in Lagos.

He said that the persons who had primary contact with the index Ebola victim have been traced and isolated.

According to the World Health Organization, the Ebola cure has not been found and the virus has claimed about 900 people in West Africa representing 60% of deaths caused by the virus in the world.

The disease, which has started spreading in Lagos State, was a major talking point at the FEC meeting,

The Minister stressed that the Ebola Virus was a national emergency, with everyone in the world at risk.

He confirmed that Nigeria had recorded it’s first indigenous case with the death of a nurse who was infected with the Ebola Virus while attending to the Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who died on July 25.‎

“The Federal Government has reached out to the United States Centre for Disease Control, to request for the unapproved Ebola drug, ZMAPP, for the treatment of affected persons in Nigeria,” he said.

The Health Minister further said that the government had set up a special team for counselling and psychosocial support to patients, identified contacts and their families.

Mr Maku also advised Nigerians to be weary of quacks who would want to take advantage of the hapless victims.

The Minister of Information said the Federal Government was also set to recruit and deploy health personnel with attractive remuneration to Lagos to assist in the fight against the deadly virus.