NIGERIA: FG Promises To Re-open NNPC Hospital Soon

The Federal Government has confirmed that it has sealed up one of the hospitals belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Muri-Okunola, Victoria Island, Lagos, over suspected case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). But it promised to reopen the clinic once sanitization is complete in line with world standard just like the case of First Consultant Hospital was handled.

Minister for Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, who confirmed the incident after a courtesy call on the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, at weekend, said officials of the ministry are still investigating the incident of suspected Ebola patient in the hospital. He said the result carried out on blood samples obtained from the patient will soon be out but that the place remained shut for decontamination.

The Guardian gathered that the woman in question had her baby at First Consultant (FC) Hospital before Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who brought the virus to Nigeria, was admitted, but had to take the baby back because of a fever. She went to another hospital when the facility was shut by government after Sawyer’s death.
When she presented at the NNPC clinic a few days ago with 41 degrees fever, she allegedly lied about being anywhere near First Consultant Hospital after delivery until a nurse on routine visit confirmed her presence there during the period. This nursing mother has three other children. Like others discharged from the First Consultant when it was shut, she may have interacted with other patients and medical personnel at another hospital before visiting NNPC clinic where she was diagnosed on Friday.

This means that primary and secondary contacts here could be susceptible.
Speaking to reporters, the Director of Communication and Community Mobilisation, Nigeria’s Emergency Operation Centre, Prof. Adebayo Onajole, said the Minister of Health will brief the country on the situation of the victim at the NNPC clinic. He, however, insisted that all victims of the virus are receiving treatment and there is no fresh fatality.

But on the need to have a center dedicated for testing potential victims, “there is nothing like a center for checking Ebola status. It’s either you have it or not. However, our effort towards epidemic control is a continuous exercise and we are reaching out for help wherever it can be found.”

Source: The Guardian
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