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Ebola: FG Urges States, Hospitals To Remain Alert

Posted: Jul 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi, Abuja


Following the resurgence of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia, the Federal Government has advised all state ministries of health and health facilities across the country to stay alert and report any suspected case to the Federal Ministry of Health.

This was contained in a statement by the press director at the Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, Ayo Adesugba.

Government, however, has asked Nigerians not panic but be wary and vigilant.

“Members of the public are advised to observe basic hygiene and report any suspected case to the nearest health facility.

“It must be noted that the main symptoms of the EVD are fever, severe headache, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Patients, in some cases, also have neurological symptoms of becoming confused and restless.

“To address the challenges of the development in Liberia, the Federal Ministry of Health is reactivating its response mechanism and increasing the level of its alertness.

“A new case of the EVD has been reported in Liberia. This means that the country, which was certified Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation on May 9, 2015, has witnessed a resurgence of the disease.

“A 17-year-old boy from a village near the Liberian capital died of Ebola. He had no history of travelling out of Liberia and no history of coming into contact with any known Ebola case.

“The boy has since been buried but Liberian health officials are worried that he may have transmitted the virus to many other people who came into contact with him.

“The  resurgence  of EVD in Liberia confirms that the Ebola virus is still circulating in that country and transmission from person to person is possible,” the statement said.