Baby With ‘Ebola Virus’ Causes Panic At Hospital In Ring Road, Ibadan Oyo State
August 20, 2014 – Baby With Ebola Virus Symptoms Causes Panic At Adeoyo State Hospital In Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo State
A sick baby boy has caused panic in the whole of Ibadan after he was taken to Adeoyo State Hospital in Ring Road with obvious symptoms of the killer virus Ebola.
It was gathered that the development caused commotion in the hospital as staff members, patients as well as other visitors reportedly ran for safety.
Some residents of the community, it was gathered were considering relocation from the area, pending the confirmation of the case by the government, while many have vowed not to go near the hospital, to avoid contracting the virus.
But the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, told newsmen in Ibadan that it was too early to conclude that the suspected patient had the virus, adding that blood sample had been collected from the baby for laboratory analysis at the virology laboratory of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
His words: “We saw a suspected patient. It will be presumptuous to jump into conclusion until the result of the test is out. It is not likely to be positive, but let’s wait for the result of the blood test.”
Gbadegesin, however, appealed to residents of the state not to panic, saying the government had taken necessary steps to check the disease.
Also, an epidemiologist with the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Abass Gbolahan, corroborated what the commissioner said, stressing that the ministry’s record did not show that a child had been infected. “From our records at the Oyo State Ministry of Health, we are not aware of any child said to have the infection.
“The only one that we are aware of is that which was rumoured at the weekend. He was said to have travelled to Liberia and he visited a private hospital in Ibadan,” he said.
Gbolahan stated that the ministry investigated the case and discovered that the suspected person has not travelled outside Nigeria in the past four years. However, he said the ministry did not take anything for chance, as the person had been placed on isolation and his blood sample taken for analysis at UCH. The result of the test, he said, would ascertain the fact.