12 Aug 2014

"Lagos Ebola victims now stable, 5 showing signs of recovery" - Lagos State Govt.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Monday said all the patients who had tested positive to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and currently undergoing treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba, were in “stable condition”.

The governor also explained that while the health status of the victims of the deadly virus had not deteriorated, five of them were “really improving,” adding, “Ebola is not an automatic death sentence.”
Fashola, who gave the situation report on the response of the Ebola victims to treatment at different meetings with religious leaders, chairmen and health workers of the 57 local councils in the state, said two deaths – the Liberian and the nurse had been recorded.
“We now have 10 persons in isolation that are receiving treatment. Eight of them have been confirmed positive for the Ebola Virus Disease. We are still waiting for the results of the remaining two persons.

"All of them are stable, which means that they are not deteriorating. Five of them have really improved. This means they are fighting back. It confirms that Ebola is not an automatic death sentence if we do the right thing at the right time,” he said.
At the meeting with religious leaders, Fashola urged them to be honest with their congregations about the deadly virus, warning that Ebola was “not something to be ashamed of. This is a disease and it is a disease one can fully recover from if the right thing is done”.

He explained that high temperature was the first sign of the disease, but not every person that presented a high temperature had been infected with the virus. “High temperature can be as a result of malaria or typhoid fever,” he said. He also spoke on the dangers of not tracing all those who made contact with Ebola victims, saying if nine persons were traced and one escaped, thousands of people would still be at risk until the 10th person is found.

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