Ibadan - Prof. Temitope Alonge, the Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, said there was no case of Ebola disease in Oyo State.
Alonge made the clarification on Saturday in Ibadan while addressing newsmen on speculation that a suspect, who was tested positive to the disease, had died in the UCH.
Alonge explained that the hospital admitted two patients, one pregnant woman and the other a male, brought in unconcsious to the emergency unit on Thursday with primary symptoms of Ebola.
“There were two patients admitted into UCH on Thursday through the emergency unit of the UCH and they both manifested primary symptoms similar to Ebola.
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“One of them was a pregnant woman admitted on Obstretric and Gynaecology with haemorrhagic high fever.
“It was discovered she had a bleeding eye and jaundice which made us move her to the triage room.
“Her blood samples were taken and she tested negative to Ebola, but she later died after delivery.
“The second patient, male and a driver had been refused admission in four hospitals in Lagos, but was rushed to the UCH unconscious because of effective facilities to treat the suspected disease.
“He was quarantined in an area near the emergency unit and given effective first aid treatment and he gained consciousness around 2.30 pm.
"He was monitored by consultants and nurses until he gave up the ghost at 8.45 pm on Friday night.
“Normal and routine diagnosis carried out on the patient through blood samples taken under standardised procedures revealed that he had Lassa fever,” he said.
Alonge also explained that Lassa fever was an acute viral heamorhagic fever caused by Lassa virus, adding that the symptoms were similar to that of Ebola.
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He said the clinical cases of the disease had been known for over a decade, but were not connected with viral pathogen.
He said Lassa fever was endemic in West Africa.
Dr Abbas Gholahan, Oyo State Epidemiologist, said the public health law gave the state the responsibility to bury the corpse in a designated area as corpses of people who died of viral diseases.
He said that the state would undertake the burial of the corpse after all necessary procedures had been completed by UCH.