ebolaFederal Government has debunked claims that Ebola virus has resurfaced in Nigeria following the death of a 21-year-old student of the University of Calabar, allegedly of the virus.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, refuted the claim stating emphatically that there was no Ebola in Nigeria.
He said, “the Federal Government hereby confirms that there is no Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria and thus Nigeria remains Ebola free. The public is however, advised to continue to observe good hygienic behaviour that includes hand washing, hand sanitisation and general environmental cleanliness.”
According to him, the 21-year-old student, who was taken to the University of Calabar by family members and was admitted, was clinically tested and result showed that there was no Lassa fever or Ebola fever found in him.
The patient was admitted with bleeding, diarrhoea, skin rashes and mouth lesions with a temperature of 37 degrees centigrade with vital stable signs, but a tentative diagnosis of vital hemorrhagic fever test was carried out ruled out Lassa fever.
The Permanent Secretary confirmed that the blood sample from the patient was taken to Irrua Lassa Specialist Hospital Laboratory for confirmation of hemorrhagic fever diseases such as Ebola virus, Lassa fever, Dengue fever and other viruses were carried out which was monitored by a Rapid Response Team from the National Field Epidemiology.
He announced that the student, who has never travelled out of Calabar before the incidence, later passed on at exactly 8:15 a.m., 7 hours after admission.
Awute therefore urged Nigerians to assist the Ministry of Health and other health care team by reporting any suspected cases and to ensure safe burial practises to avoid reintroduction of Ebola into the country.


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