The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris on Monday, said the state has shut down and quarantined a hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola in the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in the country.
Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at Lagos airport on July 20 and was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende. He died on Friday.
“We have shut the hospital to enable us to properly quarantine the environment. Some of the hospital staff who were in close contact with the victim have been isolated,” Idris said.
The hospital will be shut for a week and all staff monitored to ensure the virus has not spread, he added.
Ebola has killed 672 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since it was first diagnosed in February.
It can kill up to 90 percent of those who catch it, although the fatality rate of the current outbreak is around 60 percent. Highly contagious, especially in the late stages, symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea and internal and external bleeding.
Adding to the risks, Nigerian doctors are on strike over conditions and pay. Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association Tope Ojo was quoted in local media on Saturday as saying the strike would not be called off despite the Ebola threat.
Nigeria’s airports, seaports and land borders have been on “red alert” since Friday.
Liberia closed most of its border crossings on Sunday and introduced stringent health measures.
The World Health Organization said in a statement that Sawyer’s flight stopped in Lome in Togo on its way to Lagos.
“WHO is sending teams to both Nigeria and Togo to do follow up work in relation to contact tracing, in particular to contacts he may have had on board the flight,” WHO spokesman Paul Garwood said.
The WHO said that in the past week, its regional director for Africa, Luis Sambo, had been on a fact finding mission to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which have 1,201 confirmed, suspected and probable cases between them.
“He observed that the outbreak is beyond each national health sector alone and urged the governments of the affected countries to mobilise and involve all sectors, including civil society and communities, in the response,” the WHO statement said.
A relative surge in cases in Guinea after weeks of low viral activity showed that “undetected chains of transmission existed in the community”, the WHO said, calling for containment measures and contact tracing to be stepped up in Guinea.
Medic-ALL(09:29:2015) WORLD HEART DAY, NATIONAL COFFEE DAYIn the midst of all the coffee freebies around today, it is
certainly not my intention to crash the “coffee party”, why would I anyway? , especially having being been a proud
caffeine-addict myself over the years. But it’s certainly a perfect occasion,
the National Coffee day which happens to coincide with the World Heart Day.
Great for me, a lover of the heart and a coffee die-hard! World Heart Day takes place on this day every year offers an
opportunity for people across the globe to take part in the world’s biggest
intervention against cardiovascular disease (CVD).
Watch World Heart Day Video Coffee; Not a bad heart-choice!
The focus for this World Heart Day is on creating
heart-healthy environments. By ensuring that people are able to makeheart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play, the World Heart Day
encourages us all to reduce our cardiovascular risk, towards promoting a
heart-healthy planet for those around u…
Medic-ALL(29:08:2014) by Kayode Kuku MB;BS:
I had just finished discussing with a patient and was documenting away in my usual serious but friendly fashion (stealing glances occasionally), then the patient on her way out after receiving her prescription volunteered "Doctor , you've got a fine handwriting for a Doctor", Thanks, I simply replied in my "humbly" proud tone. It really wasn't the first time I had received such a compliment from a patient, yes it wasn't, but mind you I have also heard nurses complain about my handwriting and some patients wonder aloud, "Doctor, what have you written"?
The horrible handwriting of doctors ,as some describe it, has being widely discussed and condemned by many people outside the profession. While some have come to the conclusion that doctors learn to write in a particular unreadable way while in school , others believe that doctors deliberately write in a certain way in order to conceal the exact content …
Medic-ALL(09;16;2015) SURGERY AND ETHICS By Kayode Kuku MB;BSExperiencing medical practice as a student and physician in a “developing”
country, I came in contact with a lot of patients who hated to hear of the option of having surgery to manage whatever condition they were being
managed for. From the simple surgical procedures (appendicectomies, lumopectomies)
to the cesarean-sections for child delivery and even more major surgeries to
improve the patients’ quality of life, having surgery was bad news to most.
It was common to associate the phobia for surgery with the
level of education of some of the patient, but I later found that even the most learned shared in
the phobia apparently. I came to realize that the dislike for surgery was a
general phenomenon and this submission was substantiated following my exposure
to patients in the developed society, it didnt matter if it was a minor excission procedure or a total knee replacement. The fact is most people would prefer not
to have …