Lagos - Lagos Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has inspected the Isolation Ward his administration has established for patients carrying symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus.
He said the facility at the state hospital was ready for use.
The governor, in an interaction with media after the tour, said he was at the hospital to assess how health workers were handling the situation.
According to the governor, the state has a health challenge on its hands and the administration was concerned about the risks people faced amid the outbreak of the virus.
He appreciated the work health professionals were doing.
He disclosed his delegation did not gain access to the patients.
"We are taking precaution and that is also why we did not go into where the patients are because there is a very strict protocol for going there.
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So if you are going there, you must wear a fully protected gown. In the place where we are expanding to ensure that we are able to cope with anything that comes, you would see the shower there. People have to go through a protocol, one way in, one way out. That is why you cannot go into where patients are now unless you are fully protected appropriately and unless you walk through the mandated process for going in and for coming out."
He said provisions had already been made so that critically ill patients could be separated from the rest of the patients that were showing symptoms. "It is a very methodical process and as I said, it is not an automatic death sentence", he said.
The Ebola virus claimed the life of a medical practitioner in Lagos this week.
- CAJ News
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