Ebola: Female Doctor isn't Dead; Virus Spread Not as Scary as Reported - Health Commissioner


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Dr. Jide Idris has debunked the rumor that the female doctor who contracted the Ebola virus is dead. In further developments, the doctors on strike look like they would be available to treat Ebola cases. It also looks like there would be allowances for health workers handling cases of the Ebola outbreak.

From The Daily Sun newspaper:
The Lagos State Government yesterday put a lie to the rumour that the female doctor who tested positive to the Ebola virus, is dead. She was one of the medical practitioners who handled the late Liberian official, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, when he arrived at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja on July 20. This is even as striking doctors in Lagos State yesterday offered to treat Ebola victims.
Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chuwku, disclosed of the female doctor’s contracting the deadly disease at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

Bu the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who debunked the rumour yesterday, at a news conference in Ikeja, said the female doctor who attended to the index case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at a private hospital in Lagos is the only confirmed case to date out of the eight primary contacts under clinical surveillance and care.

According to Idris, “the female doctor being infected is largely due to the fact that she was a primary contact when the index case presented. At that point in time, the disease was not known to have been imported into the country”, Idris explained.

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Source: #TheSun


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