Ebola patients recover in Lagos

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Aug 18th, 2014
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imageMany Ebola patients undergoing medical treatment at the isolation centre, Mainland Hospital, Lagos may be discharged this week, Vanguard investigations has revealed.

Recall that one of the infected patients has recovered and has been discharged from the centre. Comments from experts on the development, said although 60-90 per cent of people infected with the Ebola virus die, some people however recover from the infection.

“Doctors don’t know for certain who will survive Ebola, and there is no specific treatment or cure for the disease. But studies suggest there are some biological markers linked with a higher chance of surviving Ebola,” An expert say

Relatively, the Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola while enlightening Lagosian on the viral disease said; “This is a virus that will run a maximum of 21 days. What we must do is people who show some signs of illness should come in very early so that we can continue to hydrate them, give electrolyte balance so that their nervous system do not go into shock and wherever it is necessary to provide antibiotics for patients; and their body can fight the virus which in the event last no longer than 21 days.”

Fashola, who spoke at a media briefing where he indicated that more patients were likely to be discharged this week, noted: “There is silver lining in all of this, as report reaching me shows that many of the critical patients are responding positively to treatment and are likely to be discharged next week, (this week). At the moment, 61 people have been certified negative and they have been freed.

“Aside the treatment for those who have full grown cases, the more important work is tracking all those who have had contact with them in order to know how far the virus has spread. It is when we have finally reached everyone that we can say that we have control over the virus. From that place, we can go back to sleep.”

Similarly, but at a different forum, Director, Nigeria Centre for Diseases Control, NCDC, Prof. Abdulsalim Nasidi held that the likelihood of more patients being discharged arose from medical reports indicating that they are showing signs of full recovery from the disease.

Nasidi, who spoke on the probability of more patients being discharged, had earlier affirmed that there were chances of surviving the deadly disease if treated early.
“Yes, we have some of the patients who have fully recovered from the disease after intensive medical treatment and they are likely to go home and reunite with their family members soon,” he affirmed.
On the protest by the health workers attending to quarantined patients at the Control Centre in Lagos, last Friday, he said the workers had resumed work after appeals and meeting held with some of the aggrieved workers.
Their decision to stop work came after the allegations of negligence by family members of one of the nurses that died of EVD last week.
It was also gathered that more essential medical kits have been made available for distribution to hospitals in anticipation of more health workers and volunteers that will be joining the joint medical team already on ground.
Meanwhile, death toll from the worst ever outbreak of Ebola has risen to 1,145, the World Health Organisation, WHO, has said, even as 76 new deaths were reported in two of the four West African nations affected by the epidemic.

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