At a press briefing by the Lagos state Ministry of Health, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina, stated that a patient was admitted on Tuesday at a private health facility in the state, with symptoms of the dreaded disease.
According to Dr Adeshina, the victim is a 40 year old, who works for a West African organisation in Monrovia, arrived in Lagos on a flight from Monrovia on Sunday. She also stated that the patient’ s blood samples had been taken to the Virology Reference Laboratory at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, and World Health Organisation Reference Laboratory in Dakar, Senegal, for testing.
Dr Adeshina stated, “History taken revealed that he had no contact with any case of the Ebola virus, did not visit any person with the virus in the hospital and neither did he partake in the burial of any person who died of it. However, on account of his working and living in an endemic region like Liberia, and the presentation of non-specific constitutional symptoms and signs of fever, malaise, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea associated with the disease, he had to be admitted for further testing. Presently, the patient’s condition is stable and he’s in recovery.”
She urged the public not to panic and to maintain a high level of hygiene to reduce the risk of contracting the disease by washing hands often with soap and water, avoiding close contact with those who are ill and properly disposing of objects used by the sick.