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#EbolaOutbreak: Doctor Narrates How Lagos Nursing Mother Contracted Ebola Virus

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Last week there was panic in Victoria Island, Lagos as news broke that an Ebola patient had visited the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) staff clinic on Muri Okunola Street.

A medical doctor has revealed how this patient, a nursing mother contracted the deadly Ebola virus at a Lagos hospital. According to PUNCH Metro reports, the woman was the patient who visited the in the Victoria Island area of Lagos.

NNPC had issued a press statement on Friday, saying that the clinic would be shut due to a suspected case of Ebola reported in the clinic. A source, who had a first-hand information of the incident, said the nursing mother had first visited the First Consultant Medical Centre, Obalende. He said:

“The lady attended ante-natal at First Consultant prior to the arrival of the Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer. She was delivered of her baby at the hospital after which she was discharged.

A few weeks later, Mr. Sawyer came around and was attended to by health workers. He was first treated for malaria, then typhoid, before there was high index of suspicion. He tested positive for Ebola and died.

Then the woman, who gave birth at the hospital came back to the hospital for her baby’s immunisation. The nurses who attended to Sawyer also attended to her.

When she visited the place again last week, she discovered the place had been shut down for proper fumigation as a means of control against Ebola.”

He said the nursing mother decided to visit a neighbouring clinic which was the NNPC clinic. It was there she began her treatment after she fell ill. He continued:

“She was first treated for Malaria. However, after some medical tests, there was a high suspicion of Ebola haemorrhagic fever.

On Friday, the Lagos State’s emergency response team on Ebola virus came around and took her to the Infectious Diseases Hospital.”

The yet-to-be-identified mother and her baby, who were taken away from the hospital on Friday, have been quarantined.

Confirming the report, the Medical Officer of Health, Iru-Victoria Island Local Council Development Area, Dr. Wale Akeredolu, said the patient tested positive to the Ebola virus after a second test was conducted on her.

He confirmed the incident at a sensitisation programme organised for residents of the Eti-Osa Local Government Area by the council on Monday, saying:

“The baby has also been quarantined to see if after the incubation period of two to 21 days, she would manifest the symptoms of Ebola.”

The council boss, Abayomi Daramola, appealed to residents not to shirk their responsibilities on the pretext of running away from the virus. He said:

“This is a trying time in Nigeria. But the presence of Ebola does not mean people should run away from their responsibilities. The public apprehension is what can even spread the disease faster.

So, people should just follow personal hygiene, use sanitisers and wash their hands regularly.”

Pictures below were taken by an eye witness at the time the nursing mother was being moved out of the clinic to an isolation centre.

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  1. Thanx for ur consistent zeal of educating the public on virtually everything most especially on this Ebola issue. It’s a very sad situation but with faith in God and obedience to Government directives on personal and environmental hygiene, Ebola flu will pass away just like the earlier deadly Birds Flu.

  2. Chai,poor victims,both mother and child.may God save them

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