Ebola News in Lagos – A Female South African passenger, who was suspected of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) symptoms through are physical look has been quarantined as she arrived Murtala Muhammed Airport, in Lagos state yesterday.
The South African woman, whose identity was not revealed, flew in to Lagos airport from Morocco. She was being treated as a suspected case and was being taken to Lagos Ebola treatment centre for tests to see whether she actually had the virus.
The reporter commented that the passenger, who is from South Africa, came aboard Royal Air Maroc. She followed normal processes even at the Nigeria Immigration Service. She is a transit passenger and she was at the transit lounge where she went to drink and thereafter felt uneasy; went to the toilet and on coming back, she fell ill. The case was reported to the Port Health Service officials who immediately examined her.”
Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the Minister of Health, Dan Nwomeh said: “The South African national suspected of showing symptoms of Ebola at the international airport (Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos) was quarantined at the isolation ward in Lagos while her case is being investigated”.
“Nigeria cannot afford another ‘importation’ (of Ebola),” said Dr. Aileen Marty, a professor of infectious diseases at the Florida International University College of Medicine”.
Nigeria has instituted Ebola screening, including infra-red temperature scans and symptoms checks, at its airports and ports after a Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, infected with the disease brought it to Lagos in July. Sawyer had flown in to Nigeria from Liberia. His is one of seven deaths recorded so far out of 19 confirmed cases in Nigeria.
However, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has warned Nigerians not to fall prey to fake test kits for Ebola disease. Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, who raised alarm over circulation of the fake test kits and sanitizers in the market, cautioned Nigerians to be careful.