Nigeria’s health minister conforms Liberian’s dies from Ebola in Lagos




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– A 40 years old Liberian, who intercepted at Murtala Muhammad International Airport in , has died from viral disease on July 25, says Minister of . Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu,

minister said this in at a news briefing on the viral disease outbreak on Friday.

Chukwu said that the ministry alerted on July 22, on a suspected case of Virus Disease (EVD) in involving a 40 year old male traveling from Monrovia, Liberia to Nigeria.

He said that the passenger presented with fever, vomiting and diarrhea on arrival at the airport.

“The Port Division of the Federal Ministry of quickly isolated the passenger and transported him to a hospital, avoiding contact with the .

“The subjected to thorough medical evaluation where laboratory investigation also carried out.

“His blood sample was taken to the advanced laboratory at the University Teaching Hospital, which confirmed the diagnosis of Ebola virus disease,’’ Chukwu said.

He said that the result was corroborated by International Laboratory in Dakar and Centre for Disease Control, .S.

“Despite the urgent specialised barrier nursing care provided for the in a Lagos hospital, the unfortunately passed away in the early hours of July 25,’’ the minister said.

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Chukwu said in order to prevent the spread, all the passengers that the came in contact with had been traced and were  being investigated.

He said that in line with WHO International Regulations and International Best Practice, all ports of entry in Nigeria, including airports, seaports and land boarders had been placed on “Red Alert’’.

“Active surveillance has been stepped up, all the tertiary health institutions in Nigeria, have been equipped to handle any emergency that may arise from this disease.

“Drugs and medical consumables are presently pre-positioned while we are working with all the states of the federation, especially  those with ports of entry to mitigate the situation,’’ Chukwu said.

He said that an Emergency Operation Centre had been established and would be coordinated by the Centre for Disease Control.

The minister gave these numbers for the to make enquiries – 08023210923, 08097979595 and 07067352220 and an email: ebolainfo@health.gov.ng.

Mr Labaran Maku, the Minister of said jingle had been made available in languages to educate the on the danger of the virus.

Maku advised that people practice good personal hygiene to avoid contracting the virus. (NAN)

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