On Tuesday 12th August,2014, I heard on the news of a
television station of a patient being dumped at Igando General Hospital in
Lagos, who was showing symptoms of Ebola. Of which the management of the
hospital tried reaching the Ebola alert numbers to no avail. The patient was
however quarantined while they waited for proper diagnosis of the patient.
I decided to follow up this information by confirming it,
and getting updates. It happened to be true, and
I have been able to confirm that the patient had passed on without diagnosis to
confirm if it was indeed Ebola.
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I went ahead to call the Ebola alert lines to confirm if
they were aware and if they could still go there to confirm what the cause of
death was. It was unfortunate that I did not get a positive response. I was
referred to another emergency help line, who claimed it was rumor, even after I
had told her I heard it on news and even confirmed it myself. She also referred
me to other lines which have been switched off since have been trying.
Now that we do not know the cause of death, would it not
be risky to go close to such hospital environment? Shouldn't there be prompt
responses to suspected cases? What if the patient had died due to ebola? How do
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I think at this point in time, its very risky to throw
peoples suspicion and urge to getting proper information to the bin, while
knowing fully well that every one needs an authentic information.
If indeed that was an Ebola case, how do we rule out the
possibility of infecting others.
How do we get an appropriate update on this particular
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