Don’t mistake fever for Ebola, Ekiti warns residents

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 16th, 2014
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The Ekiti State Government yesterday warned residents not to mistake common ailments such as chronic fever for the dreaded Ebola virus.

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Olusola Fasuba, gave the advice at an awareness creation forum in Ado-Ekiti as a result of information currently making the rounds in the state that Ebola had hit some towns.

He dispelled the rumour that a sick youth corps member posted to serve in the state had contacted the disease.

According to him, although a male youth corps member collapsed at the orientation camp at Ise/Emure Ekiti, it was not true he had the dreaded Ebola virus.

He also berated other corps members for abandoning their colleagues on the suspicion he had the virus.

Fasuba disclosed that on learning of the development, he caused the sick boy to be attended to by a team of health workers who later discovered the boy had chronic fever.

However, he said in order to be very sure of his correct state of health, his blood samples were taken and sent to Lagos, adding that the results which arrived the state on Thursday also indicated that he tested negative to Ebola.

“The youth corps member has been removed from camp and is currently being kept at our isolated centre located within Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.

“As I speak, I assure residents that the health of the boy in question is already improving while he continues to show signs of good health far from Ebola,” he said.

The health commissioner, who warned rumour mongers to desist from spreading false information that could mislead or scare people, said government had taken some pro-active measures to prevent Ebola from spreading to the state.

He listed some of such steps to include banning of movement of uncertificated dead bodies into the state, constitution of 30 technical committees as well as creation of three isolated centres in Ado-Ekiti, Okemesi-Ekiti and Ifaki-Ekiti.

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