The past few days witnessed the country shivering on the news, however false, that Ebola virus disease was back to the country. The federal government had to dispatch a team of medical experts to ascertain the suspected Ebola scare, in Calabar of Cross River state.
The scare was as a result of the death of a patient, who died at about 2pm, after symptoms related to the deadly Ebola virus manifested before he finally passed away.
But officials of the National Centre for Disease Control, and those of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, have since responded and assured that the scare is not real. This is what Dr Queenette Kalu, the Deputy Chief Medical Director and Chairman of Medical Advisory committee of the facility where the suspected case died has got to say;
“Yes, we had a patient that was suspected to have died of Haemorrhagic fever but it does not call for panic as everything is under control. There is no need for the public to be scared of EVD as it is not confirmed.”
The patient it gathered was brought in on Tuesday vomiting, stooling and bleeding from the nose and mouth. He however died around 2pm and his body has been quarantined while the ward was shut down.
She confirmed that the patient was suspected to have died of Hemorrhagic Fever.
DoctorsQuarters.com still believes that adequate hygiene, personal and community based, should be encouraged. The proper cooking of all meals cannot be over emphasised… and Nigerian must be ever vigilant, more than ever before, for symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease.