Five victims in stable condition, says Fashola

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Aug 11th, 2014
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Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has said five Nigerians among the 10 persons who tested positive to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) are in stable condition.

The governor spoke at separate sessions with traditional rulers, religious leaders, local government chiefs and health workers in some local government areas and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).

He said the meeting was necessary to further educate the people on preventive measures on the Ebola virus.

Fashola said: “Of the 10 people we had, two are dead. The first two are the patients who came from Liberia and the nurse. Eight of the remaining have tested positive. We are waiting for the results for the two.

“What is interesting is that we can confirm that the mortality rate is reducing by 90 per cent now. They are all in stable condition. Five of them are actually improving and I have been briefed now that one or two of them are walking around.

“The work is not finished. We are tracking more people who might have had contacts with that first person or who have had contacts with the people who contacted the first person.”

The governor said the disease is not a death sentence, if the people do the right things to avoid contracting it.

According to him, eight people tested positive to the EVD while the results of two are still being awaited.

Fashola stressed that every case of malaria and fever does not mean the patient has the Ebola virus.

The governor explained that his administration had established another isolation centre in Ikorodu.

He said: “The first defence, therefore, is that we must track everybody who has contacts with somebody who had contacts with an infected person. All local government chairmen and vice chairmen must make sure that protective equipment are in supply in all the primary health care centres, if we want them to work. We must also show concern for their well-being.”

Fashola directed local government chairmen and their LCDA counterparts to ensure that protective equipment and kits are provided for the health workers in the primary health centres.

The governor noted that this would help prevent the spread the disease in the state.

He urged the traditional rulers and the council chairmen to collaborate with the state and Federal Governments by intensifying the campaign against the virus in their domains.

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