Ebola scare at Asaba FMC

Pandemonium broke out at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba when a male patient started exhibiting symptoms similar to that of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

The situation almost resulted into stampede as people around at the time ignorantly scampered for safety for fear of having contact with the patient.

Although check at the hospital revealed that wards were almost empty, some health workers were seen around, just as it was observed that activities were yet to pick-up following the suspension of the strike by the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA).

Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Leo Erhunmwunse who spoke on phone, said that the patient who was brought in, was stooling and vomiting, two of the symptoms of the contagious disease but was yet to be determined if he was infected.

“A patient who was stooling and vomiting was actually brought to the hospital today (yesterday), symptoms of Ebola but we need to confirm if he is suffering from the disease. We need to carry out series of test to verify if he has the virus or not. People should not panic. The situation is under control,” he assured

Erhunmwunse said it could take a few days before the result of the test to determine if the patient was an Ebola victim.

It could not however been confirmed if the inter-ministerial committee on the prevention and control of the dreaded disease set up by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan had be notified as at the time of filing this report.

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