FCTA re­futes re­port of Ebola in Abuja

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi

Au­thor­i­ties of the FCT Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tariat at the weekend de­nied any case of Ebola in­fec­tion within the ter­ri­tory as re­ported in some me­dia, which was said to have killed a med­i­cal stu­dent.

Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of the sec­re­tariat, Mr Badaru Yaka­sai, said that the of­fice of the FCT Health Sec­re­tary mon­i­tored the sus­pected case.

He said the case was re­ferred to Ir­rua Specialist Hospi­tal and tested for Lassa fever (which has sim­i­lar clin­i­cal pre­sen­ta­tions as Ebola) and the test re­sult was neg­a­tive.

Ac­cord­ing to him: “The FCT Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health un­der the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tariat, whose man­date is to in­ves­ti­gate and re­port the out­come of all sus­pected out­breaks, is in con­tact with Ir­rua Specialist Hospi­tal and the cen­tre con­firmed that no Ebola has been con­firmed in this case. How­ever, sam­ples have been taken to a more spe­cialised cen­tre with fa­cil­ity to do fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions on the sam­ple.”

He said the FCT Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health, Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tariat, is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Federal Min­istry of Health to ob­tain more in­for­ma­tion from the fam­ily mem­bers of the sus­pected case and the var­i­ous health­care fa­cil­i­ties where the sus­pected case was man­aged.

Badaru said the sec­re­tary has as­sured that the FCT Ad­min­is­tra­tion, through its Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tariat, is con­cerned about the well-be­ing of its res­i­dents.

It will be re­called that about three weeks ago, the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity was been alerted on the out­break of Ebola in some African coun­tries, al­though Nigeria has no con­firmed case of Ebola, a dis­ease trans­mit­ted to people from wild an­i­mals such as bats, ba­boons, mon­keys, go­rilla, etc.

Ebola is trans­mit­ted into the hu­man pop­u­la­tion through close con­tact with the blood, se­cre­tions, or­gans or other body flu­ids of in­fected per­sons.

The dis­ease has the fol­low­ing symp­toms: sud­den on­set of fever, in­tense weak­ness, mus­cle pain, headache and sore throat. This is fol­lowed by vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhoea, in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal bleed­ing.

It has also been re­ported that the in­ter­val from in­fec­tion to on­set of symp­toms varies be­tween 2 to 21 days and there is no known treat­ment or vac­cine yet avail­able for Ebola.

PHOTO:

A scene of an ac­ci­dent at Kwali, along Abuja-Lokoja road on Fri­day.

ABUBAKAR SADIQ ISAH

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