Oyo builds isolation centre at UCH

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 14th, 2014
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The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, has begun the construction of an isolation centre for likely victims of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Ten victims, including the first infected person in Nigeria, the late Liberian-American, Mr Patrick Sawyer, have been confirmed to be infected with the virus, according to Health Minister Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu.

The isolation centre, which is located at the main gate of the Accident and Emergency Unit, was already 75 per cent complete as at press time yesterday.

The hospital’s Head of Public Relations Unit, Mr Ayodeji Bobade, explained that the centre was the initiative of UCH management to properly prepare likely outbreak of the disease in the state.

He said the management researched on what an Ebola isolation unit should look like and came up with the design and location.

Bobade said the equipment to be used at the hospital had been supplied by the Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Oloye Jumoke Akinjide.

He said: “Ebola is here. The hospital just thought of ways to minimise the effect and treat the victim (if there is any), hence, the establishment of the unit.”

The spokesman explained that the hospital needed to act fast while it was expecting equipment and funds from the Federal and state government for the project.

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