Ebola Update: Lagos Sets Up Isolation Centre, ECOWAS Commission Suspends Meetings & More

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which experts say causes multiple organs to shut down, has caused the demise of over 900 victims in West Africa. We have rounded up important updates about the deadly disease, scroll down to read through.

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Lagos Sets Up Isolation Centre 

As the number of suspected and confirmed cases of the deadly Ebola Virus continues to soar, the Lagos State Government on Friday set up an isolation centre for patients who have shown symptoms of the Ebola virus.The Isolation Ward is situated behind the Lagos Mainland Hospital at Yaba Lagos and is made up of tents that are fenced with planks.Commissioning the hospital on Friday was the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, the state commissioner of Health, Jide Idris, among others.

 

ECOWAS Commission Suspends All Meetings

The ECOWAS Commission has suspended all meetings involving member states of the commission due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in some West African countries. The Vice President of ECOWAS Commission, Toga McIntosh, announced this at a briefing organised by the Nigerian government for the diplomatic corps on Ebola outbreak in Abuja on Thursday. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the death toll from the outbreak has risen to 932, with more than 1,711 total cases.

President Goodluck Jonathan Under Pressure To Order The Closure Of All Nigerian Borders

The International Emergency Management Society, TIEMS, on Friday asked President Goodluck Jonathan to order the closure of all Nigerian borders. The Chairman, TIEMS, Nigeria/ West Africa, Muhammad Audu-Bida, said isolation of cases should not be the only measure for containing the disease’s spread.  The Nigerian government has since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Disease outbreak have put checks on all airports across the country but not much have been done to secure the land and sea borders. Over 900 people across West Africa have died of the disease, while more than 70 people who have had contact with persons infected by the virus are currently under surveillance in Lagos.

 

Public Transport Commuters, Okada Riders At Risk Says Medical & Dental Consultants Association Of Nigeria, MDCAN

The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, (MDCAN), on Friday described the approach of prevention as advocated by the Nigerian authorities at federal and state levels as inadequate. MDCAN also said motorcycle operators, popularly known as Okada riders, their passengers and even crowded vehicles that encourage intimate body contacts are at great risk of contracting and spreading the virus.

 

Senate President, David Mark Appeals To Nigeria’s Striking Medical Doctors To Resume Work

The Senate President, David Mark, has appealed to Nigeria’s striking medical doctors to see the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Nigeria as a national emergency and resume work. He advised the striking doctors to put aside whatever grievances or misgivings they had with government and return to duty to save the situation as a demonstration of their patriotism. According to him, if the doctors do not call of the strike, they would have betrayed their noble profession and done a disservice to humanity. The senate president also reminded the doctors of the Hippocratic oath they swore to, saying their primary duty was to save patients’ lives before other considerations.

 

Panicking Nigerians Are Turning To Salt Water Bath Recommended By Ruler Of The Igala Kingdom, The Attah Of Igala

Nigerians are scrambling for salt-water bath for protection from the deadly Ebola virus after a call from the ruler of the Igala Kingdom, the Attah of Igala, prescribing salt solution as a magical vaccine against the virus went viral. But the Nigerian government has issued a statement warning that bathing with salted water is not a cure for the deadly Ebola Virus. Local radio and TV stations in Kogi state quoted the monarch, the Attah of Igala, Idakwo Michael Ameh Oboni, late Thursday, as making the prescriptions from his palace in Idah, the traditional capital of Igalaland.

 

Article Credit: Premium Times

Photo Credit: The Independent

 

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