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Nigerian Doctors Rejecting Ebola-Infected Patients Over Short Incubation Period Of Virus


Nigerian Doctors Rejecting Ebola-Infected Patients Over Short Incubation Period Of Virus

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August 7, 2014 – Nigerian Doctors Rejecting Ebola-Infected Patients Over Short Incubation Period Of Virus In Human Body

Health workers have reacted to the death of the first Ebola virus disease (EVD) victim in the country, expressing fear over what they perceived as an increase in the hazards they face in their practices.

The Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos State, Dr. Tope Ojo, said a situation where doctors were paid N5,000 monthly al­lowance for hazard was not only laughable but unbeliev­able.

“A doctor’s life can be lost in an instance when exposed to fatal illnesses such as Ebo­la, Lassa Fever or he may be subjected to life-long suffer­ing from HIV or Hepatitis B infection.

“Look at the protective measures that doctors in Libe­ria and Guinea wear. They are well protected, yet some of them still caught Ebola. Our doctors are worried about the danger it poses to their lives and they need to be reassured. We understand their fears and we are making moves to con­firm the level of preparedness of the government for doc­tors.”

Ojo said nothing would stop doctors in the state from attending to persons suspected to have contracted the Ebola virus.

Another doctor, Babajide Saheed, said some doctors were working closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other stakehold­ers to contain the risk of the infection to others.

Saheed said: “Not all doc­tors can attend to an Ebola patient. In fact, you must limit the number of health workers treating affected persons just to contain the risk. We will be escalating the situation if doc­tors rush to Mainland Hospital just to attend to patients.”

Mr. Olufemi Tonade, im­ mediate past national deputy president, Association of Ni­gerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), said: “The death of the nurse is quite unfor­tunate, pathetic and painful. This brings to the fore what we are saying about our gov­ernment and its health system. It is quite unfortunate that the Nigerian government has not addressed basic needs in the health system.

“As leaders of the people in the health industry, we will not allow the government of Ni­geria to deceive anybody that they have equipment. We have concluded that we are not go­ing to sign a death warrant. We believe that if government “Our problem is that we don’t get our priorities right. Ebola is deadly and cannot be politi­cised. It should be addressed with all fiats by any serious government.”

A nurse working with the Lagos State University Teach­ing Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, who did not want her name in print, begged the government to act quickly to save their lives. She said of all health workers, nurses were most prone to contracting Eb­ola virus.

Also reacting, Dr. Gabriel Omonaiye said it was very shocking that in the course of doing their work, a profession­al would die. It also showed the risks involved in medi­cal and nursing practice,” she said, urging the government to make the safety dress avail­able to everybody for free.

Describing the death of the nurse as tragic, Mrs. Sussan Jehwo, a matron at Mahkal Hospital, Agboju in Lagos said a lot needed o be done to safeguard the lives of all health workers and Nigerians.

Mrs. Nkechi Uwakwe, also a matron, formerly with the News Agency of Nigeria staff clinic, said the death of the nurse did not come as a shock to her. According to her, this was considering the short in­cubation period of the virus in human body.

[Sources: NMA, NAN & Daily Sun]



  1. Emmal

    August 7, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Ebola virus is spreading day inn day out. Lord com to our aid in dis country we plead.

  2. The Don

    August 7, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    its quite a pity and unfortunate that The Nigeria doctors and nurses are begging the GOVT to provide them with dresses that will help them in the course of their duties. it is quite unfair that the said nurses are been paid 5000 naira as a salary if its true. please the health minister should be questioned.

  3. Abibu Akeem

    August 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    God ve mercy on us

  4. Jilo

    August 7, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Nigeria government does not care about the health issue in Nigeria. All they knowv how to do is stealing public funds and stack them in Oversea’s account. But whenever anyone of them get ill, they will quickly fly abroad. Now tell me if those people in abroad are wasteful with no common sense as we are., how are they going to find cure to some of these deadly diseases eating away our population? Health care section should be one of vital aspects follow by Agriculture whenever any reasonable govt. draws it’s yearly expenditure. By now our government should be working on how to improve our life expectancy in Nigeria. According to world health organization (WHO) we are one of the Countries with lowest life expectancy with average age of 47. This is really sad.

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