Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has revealed that five Nigerians out of the ten people that tested positive to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) are in stable condition.
Speaking at a separate briefing with religious leaders, traditional rulers, local government chiefs, and health workers in some local government areas and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), the governor stressed the need to further sensitise the people on ways to prevent contracting the Ebola virus.
“Of the 10 people we had, two are dead. The first two are the patients who came from Liberia and the nurse. Eight of the remaining have tested positive. We are waiting for the results for the two.
“What is interesting is that we can confirm that the mortality rate is reducing by 90 per cent now. They are all in stable condition. Five of them are actually improving and I have been briefed now that one or two of them are walking around.
“The work is not finished. We are tracking more people who might have had contacts with that first person or who have had contacts with the people who contacted the first person” Fashola said.
He reiterated that the disease is not a death sentence, if people can do the right things to avoid contracting it. He said eight people tested positive to the virus with the results of two suspected carriers still expected.
The governor warned against people suspecting any case of malaria or fever to be Ebola virus, and revealed that the state government had set up another isolation centre at Ikorodu area of the state.
“The first defence, therefore, is that we must track everybody who has contacts with somebody who had contacts with an infected person. All local government chairmen and vice chairmen must make sure that protective equipment are in supply in all the primary health care centres, if we want them to work. We must also show concern for their well-being” Fashola said.
The governor therefore ordered local government chairmen and their LCDA counterparts to provide protective equipment and kits for health workers in their various primary health centres, as part of measures to curb its spread.
Fashola called on traditional rulers and council chairmen to increase campaign against the virus in their areas.
Meanwhile, apart from the national response to the outbreak of ebola virus, some states governors have also started putting measures in place to curb the spread or outbreak of the virus in their areas.