Saturday, 16 August 2014

Ebola: Nigeria Confirmed Cases Still 10, With Four Deaths – Minister

EBOLA VIRUS : PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (R), DEMONSTRATING WITH HAND SANITISER DURING A MEETING WITH STATE GOVERNORS AND THEIR COMMISSIONERS FOR HEALTH  IN  ABUJA, ON WEDNESDAY (13/8/14).  WITH HIM ARE: MINISTER OF HEALTH, PROF.  ONYEBUCHI CHUKWU (M) AND MINISTER OF STATE FOR HEALTH, KHALIRU ALHASSAN
EBOLA VIRUS : PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN (R), DEMONSTRATING WITH HAND SANITISER DURING A MEETING WITH STATE GOVERNORS AND THEIR COMMISSIONERS FOR HEALTH IN ABUJA, ON WEDNESDAY (13/8/14). WITH HIM ARE: MINISTER OF HEALTH, PROF. ONYEBUCHI CHUKWU (M) AND MINISTER OF STATE FOR HEALTH, KHALIRU ALHASSAN
Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Professor C. O. Onyebuchi, says the country has a total of 10 confirmed cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), four of whom have died.  The other six are under treatment. 
“The total number of persons under surveillance in Lagos is now 169,” he said in a press statement, describing all of them as secondary contacts.  
The good news is that all the primary contacts have completed the 21-day incubation period and have thus been delisted, enabling them to go back to their normal lives.
The Minister stressed that the correct number of the total confirmed is 10, not 11 as was announced earlier in the day.  
He attributed that error to “double counting” in the process of communicating the additional death from the operational centre in Lagos to the Federal Ministry of Health).  The fourth and latest death, today, was a Nigerian nurse who participated in the initial management of the index case.
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH,
PROFESSOR C. O. ONYEBUCHI CHUKWU ON THE 14th  AUGUST, 2014 AT THE FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH, ABUJA.
Confirmed Cases Still 10, 4 Now Dead, No Ebola in Enugu, all Cases Confined to Lagos
Nigeria has now recorded ten (10) confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Out of these, four (4) have died and eight (6) are currently under treatment. (It is important to note that the number of confirmed cases remains ten (10) as at today and not eleven (11) as earlier announced this morning. We regret the error which arose from double counting in the process of communicating the additional death from the operational centre in Lagos to the Federal Ministry of Health). The fourth death recorded today was a Nigerian nurse who participated in the initial management of the index case.
The total number of persons under surveillance in Lagos is now 169. These are all secondary contacts as all the primary contacts have completed the 21-day incubation period and have been delisted to resume their normal lives.
Enugu State now has 6 persons under surveillance as 15 after complete evaluation were found not to have had contact with the nurse, a primary contact of the index case who became symptomatic and tested positive and is one of the 10 confirmed cases. The nurse who had been placed under surveillance in Lagos disobeyed the Incidence Management Committee and travelled to Enugu. At the time she made the trip, she was yet to show any symptom and did not infect anyone on her way as transmission of the disease is only possible when a carrier of the virus becomes ill. However, she has since been brought back to Lagos. Before the return journey, she had become symptomatic and had to be conveyed to Lagos with her spouse in special ambulances. The husband is not symptomatic neither is he positive for Ebola Virus Disease but has been quarantined given the intimate contact with her while in Enugu.
It is therefore important to emphasise that there is no Ebola Virus Disease in Enugu. All cases are still confined to Lagos State. Also, reports of Ebola Virus Disease in Abia, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Anambra States as well as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have all been investigated and none of them was found to be Ebola Virus positive.
HOPES of immediate relief for victims of the Ebola Virus Disease following reports that doses of an experimental  drug,  nano-silver, had been delivered were dimmed yesterday. The United States Food and Drug Administration said the drug is a pesticide and warned those claiming that it could prevent or treat Ebola to desist from doing so.
The US agency said it had received consumer complaints about the Ebola claims. “Individuals promoting these unapproved and fraudulent products must take immediate action to correct or remove these claims or face FDA action,” it said. Silver has been used as antibacterial for centuries. Tiny silver particles known as nano-silver have controversially been incorporated into a variety of consumer products such as socks and bedding to help block odours caused by bacteria and mold.
This came as doctors and nurses attending to victims of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, at Mainland Hospital, Lagos isolation centre, downed tools following allegation of negligence by concerned relatives and associates of the female medical doctor and health workers who contracted the EVD from the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer.
The concerned group of persons at a media briefing in Lagos, last Thursday, shared  gloomy experiences while sending an SOS to the international community on behalf of the victims who they alleged were not being given adequate attention and care they deserved.Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, who disclosed the development at a media briefing in  Lagos, however, said he had appealed to the health workers on the need to get back to work.
This came amid cheering news that 61 of the over 198 people under surveillance have been released and experts said that the disease might be controlled within 180 days.
Meanwhile, Governor Fashola said yesterday that Lagos State was yet to receive the experimental Ebola drug and a kobo out of the N1.9 billion Federal Government intervention fund.
Speaking on the health workers’ strike that would have worsened the situation but a prompt intervention, the governor said:  “The report reaching me about two hours ago was that some of the health workers at the centre felt unappreciated and decided to stop work because of media reports that they were not working effectively to save the lives of the victims. We do not need that at the moment. While we sympathise with the victims, the health workers are doing their best to care for the victims. We sympathise with the victims who were affected by the virus, we understand the trauma and concern the family members are going through. But when all of that is taking into account, it is not true that that we are not taking care of the patients.”

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