Fear of fresh cases of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, yesterday, gripped residents of Lagos and Kaduna, following news of the death of a suspected Ebola patient at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi- Araba, just as a 19-year-old student of Law at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, was allegedly diagnosed with the Ebola virus in Kaduna. The suspected patient in Lagos, who died at LUTH in the early hours of yesterday, was brought in by the Port Health authorities from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja on Monday.
Gov Mukhtar Yero
A source, who was on duty when the patient was admitted into the institution’s Accident & Emergency Unit, A&E, confirmed that the patient showed high-level suspicion for Ebola, but died in the early hours of yesterday at the Spill-Over ward of the hospital.The source said that the patient, a male, was rushed to the A&E, with high fever, vomiting and stooling which are confirmed Ebola-like symptoms. Further, it was gathered that the medical team which attended to the patient, unfortunately, were not kitted with the recommended Personal Protective Equipment, PPE. According to the source: “We quickly took his temperature, it was very high. We were all scared to take his blood samples because we were not wearing any Personal Protective Equipment. We had to take him out of the emergency ward to the other spill-over ward to avoid any form of contamination. We also reported to the Lagos State Government so that they can take him to the Infectious Diseases Hospital, IDH, in Yaba for proper treatment. But he had started vomiting blood by this morning, (yesterday) and few hours after, he died.” SEE MORE ON PAGE2