The Lagos State Government on Friday confirmed that the Liberian native who was admitted in a private hospital in Lagos over a reported Ebola disease passed away last night.
Addressing a Press Conference on the development at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris said the ministry is now collaborating withal other agencies to treat the body and ensure that it is properly disposed.
He added that because the victim is a foreign national, certain diplomatic step have to be taken, which includes contacting the Liberian Embassy and ensuring the sanitization of the hospital where the victim was hospitalized before his death.
Dr Idris also stated that the ministry is in contact with the hospital to ensure that the corpse of the victim is sanitized and that the virus is killed to prevent it from spreading.
He also said presently steps are being taken by the ministry in collaboration with federal agencies to man all the border points in the state towards preventing any case of anyone with suspected symptoms coming into the state.
The Commissioner explained that the ministry was also engaged in contact tracing with all those whom the victim came into contact with before his death and that the manifest of the aircraft which brought him to Lagos has been obtained by the ministry.
He reiterated that all of such people would be questioned and observed in the next 21 days to ascertain their state of health, adding that the State Government would also set up a treatment centre in case of any other reported case of the Ebola disease in the State.
He maintained that the initial test carried out on the victim at Lagos University Teaching Hospital(LUTH) has confirmed that the man contracted Ebola but that the result of a confirmatory test is still being awaited from Dakar, Senegal to conclude the tests.
In addition, the Special Adviser on Public Health, Dr (Mrs.) Yewande Adesina cautioned members of the general public to desist from sending panicky text messages and on the social media about the issue.
She stressed that the State Government is on top of the situation, and this explains the reason why the State Government is periodically briefing the media on developments about the case since it broke.
Additionally, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba said the residents of the State should go about their lawful businesses, with the highest assurances that effective health measures have been put in place to guard against the spread of the disease from any source.
It would be recalled that a health facility in Lagos reported to the Ministry of Health in the State about the admission of a 40-year-old Liberian working for a West African organization in Monrovia that arrived Lagos on a flight from Monrovia via Lome, Togo on Sunday July 20, 2014 at 4 p.m on suspicion of suffering from the Ebola Virus.
Also present at the briefing were the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Raji and Permanent Secretary, Primary Health Care Board, Dr Oguntimehin.
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FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014