Ebola: Liberia Returnees Under Watch In Benue

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 19th, 2014

Two missionaries from Benue State who returned from Ebola-stricken Liberia last week are under observation at the State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH).


Though, there had been panic in ths state, the Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital,  Prof. Orkurga Malu, Monday attempted to dismiss the fears, saying the suspects who had no sign of the disease, had resided in Monrovia for a year as missionary workers but returned home in the wake of the outbreak in that country.


He said after some airlines stopped operations to Liberia, the couple and their driver had to connect a flight through Accra, Ghana where they stayed for a week before returning to Nigeria, and were quickly admitted and have been kept under close observation.


“They have not shown any symptoms of the disease because at every stage their temperature was tested right from Monrovia before they boarded the plane to Ghana and then Nigeria. Since they came in here on Thursday, we have been testing them on a daily basis and there is no evidence of temperature or any of the symptoms of Ebola. So, we are 99.999 per cent sure that they do not have the Ebola virus. But just in the remotest case of 0.0 percent, we have kept them to fulfil everything that needs to be done to ensure that they do not have the disease,” he said.

Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH)

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