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Nigerian hospital: 'We can deal with Ebola'

08 August 2014, 11:44

Lagos - The management of the University Teaching Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Oyo State have declared that they can manage the Ebola virus, reports The Nation

The Chief Medical Director (CMD), Professor  Temitope Alonge, said this in Lagos on Thursday during a news conference facilitated by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).

Also read: Health authorities admitted to slow response to Ebola
Professor Alonge explained that Ebola belongs to a group of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs), a group of illnesses that are caused by several distinct families of viruses.

The CMD said the hospital has the human capacity and facilities to detect and manage the Ebola because, they have been proactive as far back as 2012, by setting up VHF isolation precautions as well as standard precautions, which enabled them manage Dengue fever and other outbreaks.

Also read: 'Ebola outbreak a national emergency'

He also said that  they have printed pamphlets in English, Yoruba and Hausa languages on what Ebola is, mode of transmission and preventive measures, and have enough Personal Protective Garments (PPG) for the workforce.

The patient who brought the virus to Lagos on July 20, Liberian finance ministry employee Patrick Sawyer, was placed under quarantine at a private hospital. He died on July 25.

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