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Corps Members Abandon Sick Colleague as Ebola Scare Hits Ekiti

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Ado-Ekiti (NAN) – The Ekiti State Government on Friday described as untrue reports that a youth corps member, who slumped at the orientation camp at Ise/Emure Ekiti, had contracted the dreaded Ebola virus. 

The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Olusola Fasuba, said that the corps member (names withheld), who was posted to serve in the state was only suffering from chronic fever.

He advised residents not to mistake common ailments, such as chronic fever, for the dreaded Ebola virus.

Fasuba spoke at an awareness forum in Ado-Ekiti, following the speculations in the state that Ebola virus had hit some towns.

“Although, information reaching my office from the ministry of youth and sports confirmed that a particular male corps member collapsed at the orientation camp. 

But, it was unfortunate that people around him ran away taking his sickness for the dreaded Ebola virus.

“Immediately I received the information, I swung into action by ensuring that the sick boy was immediately attended to by a team of health workers.

“They later discovered that he was suffering from chronic fever, the information they passed to me without wasting time.

“But, I did not stop at that, at least to be sure of his correct state of health, his blood samples were taken and sent to Lagos.

“We received the results on Thursday indicating that he tested negative to the Ebola virus.

“The corps member has been taken away from the camp and is currently being kept at our isolated centre located within Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.

“As I speak, I assure residents that the health of the boy in question is already improving, while he continue to show signs of good health far from Ebola,” he explained.

Fasuba warned rumour mongers to desist from spreading false information that could mislead or scare people, saying that government had taken pro-active measures to prevent the virus from spreading to the state.

He listed such steps to include banning of movement of uncertified dead bodies into the state, constitution of 30 technical committees and creation of three isolation centres in Ado-Ekiti, Okemesi-Ekiti and Ifaki-Ekiti.

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10 Comments

  1. Blair

    August 17, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Lol, can you blame them though? Thank God, he is OK.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    August 17, 2014 at 12:41 am

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    I dont blame his colleagues, who wan die abeg but mehn if i was the boy i will never forgive my pals though….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  3. Anon

    August 17, 2014 at 2:43 am

    since when is “chronic fever” a diagnosis or a common ailment….we have to do better

  4. nna

    August 17, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Nwanne chronic fever is not a diagnosis. Come up with something else biko

  5. Jay

    August 17, 2014 at 6:24 am

    it hasn’t come to this guys…..you guys are educated to know better hun

  6. quex

    August 17, 2014 at 6:34 am

    We also heard a Liberian man died at igando general hospital, that he had the Ebola disease and he was rushed to the hospital from synagogue church,Don’t know if this story is true?

  7. Be ur brother’s keeper o

  8. adesuwa

    August 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

    its not true in jesus name.

  9. Meena

    August 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    the fact that they had to take the blood to be tested in Lagos says a lot, Nigeria is very unprepared for something as serious as ebola, how can u move blood from Ekiti to Lagos? they dont have any facilities to test it?
    There is something very wrong with this country, and some people will have the guts to say its political or that the country is moving forward! how long before you people see that nothing works!!!

  10. NAIJA YOUTHS BLOG

    August 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Incredible! may God help us

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