Thursday, 21 August 2014

Federal Government And Lagos State Governments Disagree On New Ebola Cases

The Federal and Lagos State governments, yesterday, differed on new suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in the country. While the Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu insisted that there were no new cases of the EVD in Nigeria, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris told reporters that five new suspected cases of Ebola have been recorded in the state.

At a briefing in Lagos, Idris announced that there were five new cases among which were two secondary contacts and three primary contacts with the index  (first) case.

The commissioner said the suspected cases had been put at the Ebola isolation ward of the Mainland Hospital, Lagos, without any application of Nano Silver drug and that they would be monitored for the 21-day incubation period of the virus.  “To date we have eight suspected cases and five of them came in yesterday. We have 12 confirmed cases and on the whole, five have died. 

We are currently following up 213 contacts and 62 have completed the 21-day follow-up.

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release of N200 million to the Lagos State Government to assist in containment of the spread of the disease.

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