Monday, 4 August 2014

Nigerian Doctor Who Treated Liberian Ebola Patient Infected WIth Ebola + NAFDAC Threatens To Arrest False Cure Claimers

Nigerian health officials wait to screen passengers at the arrival hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in LagosPatrick Sawyer is shown with his daughter Ava at their home in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. He died from Ebola after traveling from his native Liberia to Nigeria

The doctor in Lagos who treated a Liberian victim of Ebola has contracted the virus, the second confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city.

“This new case is one of the doctors who attended to the Liberian Ebola patient who died,” said Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu.

'Three others who participated in that treatment who are currently symptomatic have had their samples taken and hopefully by the end of today we should have the results of their own test,' Chukwu said.

The emergence of a second case raises serious concerns about the infection control practices in Nigeria, and also raise the spectre that more cases could emerge.
It can take up to 21 days after exposure to the virus for symptoms to appear. They include fever, sore throat, muscle pains and headaches.
Often nausea, vomiting and diarrhea follow, along with severe internal and external bleeding in advanced stages of the disease. 

Doctors and other health workers on the front lines of the Ebola crisis have been among the most vulnerable to infection as they are in direct physical contact with patients. 

The disease is not airborne, and only transmitted through contact with bodily fluids such as saliva, blood, vomit, sweat or feces.

In a related story, The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Monday warned that the agency is battle ready to clampdown on people making false claims that they have products that can cure Ebola virus disease.

The Director – General of the agency, Dr. Paul Orhii who gave the warning in Lagos restated that Ebola virus disease has no cure for now and there is no definite drug that can cure the disease.

Reacting to alleged rumours of online advertisement for Ebola drugs and cure said NAFDAC will not take lightly any such advertisement of a disease that is currently ravaging the  West African countries.
Orhii warned that anybody making false claims that he or she has products that can cure Ebola virus disease (EVD) to stop it or face the wrath of the law.

His words, “The honourable . Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi has stated categorically that there is no cure yet for Ebola.

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