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Ebola: A Look Inside the Isolation Centre in Yaba, Lagos



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With the growing rate of victims infected with the deadly Ebola virus, the Lagos State Government set up an isolated area at Mainland Hospital in Yaba, Lagos,

Sahara Reporters has gotten photos of the centre.

They are currently ten confirmed cases of the virus in Nigeria with two deaths – the Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer as well as the nurse who treated him.Ebola Isolation Centre - August 2014 - BN News - 02Ebola Isolation Centre - August 2014 - BN News - 03Ebola Isolation Centre - August 2014 - BN News - 04Ebola Isolation Centre - August 2014 - BN News - 07Ebola Isolation Centre - August 2014 - BN News - 05Ebola Isolation Centre - August 2014 - BN News - 08

Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters


  1. Looks like a graveyard

  2. Oyems

    August 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    So is the isolation like a death sentence? or is it a place for the patients to actually get better.

  3. Mama

    August 11, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Nigeria cannot contain this Ebola… Is this what Quarantine abroad looks like.
    May God help us… I dey look from London for now, 9ja is verrrrryyyy farrrrrrrrr for now!

    • Olanma

      August 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Your comment has to be the dumbest comment I’ve seen on BN.

  4. deel

    August 11, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    They could have done better…this place doesn’t look encouraging at all. How won’t the victims run away?

  5. oyetola

    August 11, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    are dey – kidding me, dis must be a big joke.

  6. Veronica

    August 11, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    No pipe borne water, I pray we don’t regret not getting the basics right in a terrible way. Imagine the cross contamination from handling water alone. Plus the medical staff haven’t had the chance to run simulations to get it right in this facility over a course of time before this outbreak. God help us.

  7. Do good..!!

    August 11, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Whaaaaat??? This is soo outdated and poor. Nigeria can do better than this..!! This is what u see in liberia n serria Leon n Uganda not Nigeria…!! With all the money and professionals we have.??!!

  8. Shadie

    August 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    From the look of things it is no surprise that infected victims are hiding. Anyway where is the 1.9bn that Jonathan approved for this Ebola issue.

  9. Foo fighters

    August 11, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    May we and our loved ones have no cause to be a resident here. Amen

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      August 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm


  10. nnek

    August 11, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Eh eh, mmmmh! God please have mercy on us the masses O! I know people will say we put everything in Nigeria on God’s shoulders, but we really dont have a choice now O! Look at the isolation ward? I hope the contractor they paid to construct this place didnt pocket 90% of the money O! Look at the toilet, it is this type of moveable toilet that needs to be emptied regularly, who empties it and how will they not be infected and spread the virus? Why dont they build toilets with a soakaway only for these ebola patients? A bird, dog, lizard or cat can easily enter this place and leave carrying the virus, it will go to people and infect the dustbins, road, market, cars, buses, forest, cows, rabbits, animals or chickens and we will in turn eat them, how will we not be infected? I think more needs to be done about containment. Check on the internet or on CNN to see how the doctor, missionary and nun who were infected and taken to Spain and the US travelled! They are making it look like ebola is a child’s play in Nigeria! Lord have mercy again

  11. nnek

    August 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    I also feel that these containment areas should be more and not within the vicinity of people or where people live, these all contribute to containment

  12. Jo!

    August 11, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    too crude

  13. Hmmm

    August 11, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Yet Jonathan approved 1.9 billion whatever …where is it… How can patients live in this place eh…

    • D'Mamma

      August 11, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      My dear the thing tire me o! Someone has now collected that money and provided substandard facilities. Why must we always be like this?

  14. Mostest

    August 11, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Please look at the man fetching water from the tank. Nigeria my country, I won’t be surprised if neighbors are coming to buy water from this place.

  15. Rosemary

    August 11, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    unbelievable…dis so wack. We all in God’s hands,its obvious they cant help

  16. kiki

    August 11, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Honestly I don’t think anybody taken to this place can ever return alive. Ha! Nigeria.
    When Gov. Fashola was bragging about the Facility I thought it will be inviting. Honestly I don’t see any living being Coming out of this place. Any body taken to this place should just forget it.
    Na d health workers I pity pass. Dem go don use small moni entice dem naw. I pray they leave to spend the money.

  17. Aragon

    August 11, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Anyone hoping that Nigeria will somehow get better is deluded.
    What can they ever get right? To think of the amount of money and resources available! So much money, yet so much empty heads and criminals.
    They were not proactive considering all the weeks of advance warnings and meetings upon meetings, conferences upon conferences going on all over West Africa, Nigerian governments hid their heads in the sand. Now that the thing has arrived, see ‘Isolation center’. Any wonder some people might decide to stay at home and die in their family homes.
    This contraption is past its life span.. It has never worked and will never work.
    Time to break it up.

  18. Akwanwa

    August 12, 2014 at 12:11 am

    God please take control

  19. Ngo

    August 12, 2014 at 4:06 am

    Even with an issue as serious as Ebola, Nigerian politicians are still embezzling funds. There’s no way that this so called isolation ward would help curtail the spread of Ebola….. Just look at it, from the depressing facilities to the disposable toilet, to the less ventilated rooms and tight environment, in fact, I pity this country. Does Ebola have to affect the president’s family for him to take this really serious. I know he’s excuse could be that Nigeria only has a few cases of Ebola, but given how rapidly the virus spreads, you never know how many more people will be infected before the virus is finally contained.

    What are the plans to make the facility scalable? I mean, I don’t see space of land for expansion. This facility should be located in an isolated area far from where the masses live so avoid further spreading the disease.

  20. Tony

    August 12, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Africa has a fundamental problem. We blame the US for not sharing an experimental drug when we as Africans can not even help our own land. Greed and selfishness is excessive. Generation after generation the situation does not change. Its same script just with different actors. 1.9 billion for this caraboat houses?? Chaii Chaii.

    BN if there is a way lets pass this photos to the international media houses like CNN and BBC, when they would publicly show this as usual the shameful leaders would try to make amendments over night. Even when you know how deadly the disease is, contractors would still afford to steal money. Inhumane treatment given to already sick people.

  21. ade

    August 12, 2014 at 5:33 am

    WOW !!!!!! Looks like the people been observed and not yet infected will even become infected! what kind of thing is this??? is this worth almost 2 billion naira????? ….if GEJ daughter was among the chibok girls, those girls wont still be in captivity…if one of fasholas children was affected, this place will not look like this!!! too sad

  22. bolanle

    August 12, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I am highly disappointed, this is very disheartening

  23. Dee

    August 12, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Not good enough. Why won’t people be escaping and running off to infect other medical practitioners at hospitals?

  24. Dee

    August 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I mean, are they even getting the healthcare they need in here?!?!?!?! The illness is actually manageable under the right circumstances. Nigeria, please do better.

  25. baby

    August 12, 2014 at 9:50 am

    BN why did u guys zoom ur camera to take pics,una dey fear to enter the place?

  26. I go dey laff

    August 12, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Wetin be dis, ds one na burial ground oh.. Who reach hear fit sleep nur wake up.

  27. ij

    August 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    disheartening is an understatement , so this is a quarantine station of the 21st century? i just hope this is a temporary one and the main units are being built

  28. sum1special

    August 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    They should have made the place look a bit nicer now, Ebola doesn’t mean they are dead already.haba

  29. me2me

    August 12, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    I have goose bumps all over. Fashola, what on earth is wrong with you? Soon you will blame PDP. What exactly is wrong with you? Can you even stay a minute in this place? Did you even inspect this place……. The major issue i have is that people who don;t have this disease will be infected in this useless place. sure these health workers will be using one glove for every patient, in turn protecting themselves and reinfecting others. I even blame the workers who agree to treat patients here. All you health worker understand is how to ask for increment. How about better living condition for your patients,?

    This place has already sentenced the infected to death…Sorry for the long talk, just pissed

  30. Dazed

    August 13, 2014 at 11:23 am

    This is truly dissappointing. I had commended the Lagos State Government for swinging into action promptly(though reactive) and keeping everyone informed on the outbreak. These centres don’t look encouraging and it can hasten the death of the infected patients. I had high expectations. This is sad.

  31. dotty

    August 13, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    blood of God! and i ve been hearing lagos state govt is on top of the game…with thi crap? *crying*

  32. chukwuemeka otisi

    August 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    i pray that what i saw up there has been replaced with proper glass shielded isolation centre. Is there no limit to the humiliation these treasury looters put the poor masses they have used tribe, ethnicity and religion to brainwash? can their children be treated in a place like that shanty town. God de see unaoo…

  33. Annoymous

    August 16, 2014 at 12:05 am

    This is ridiculous for heaven sake. How can you give people a medical treatment in this kind of environment.. To isolate people, do you know the kind of torture the person is going through? To Quarantine someone, do you know the kind of emotional stress the person is facing? not to talk of people that are already battling with their survival. What happens to the 1.9billion that was given by federal government towards this project? Look The Federal and the State Government should rise and see towards the making of this quarantine area be a habitable place. Look at the toilet situated outside the building, The place is not even encouraging to stay for the infected people. If nothing was done ASAP people will google and see this dead end called ISOLATED area for EBOLA patience, and they will run away, if they realized that they are positive and next thing is to be quarantined. This outbreak will be difficult to contain when it gets out of hand. I know there are lots of unfortunate government officials that are already benefiting from this financial allocation for this EBOLA Out break. But they should also realize that EBOLA does not know any Important Personality. If you people don’t make this Quarantine area habitable for people, One day you will end up living there too. The toilet, electricity, water, food and a good care service should be made available for all these HERO. These are Doctors, Nurses and Aids that cared for the unfortunate Sawyer Patrick. These Infected people were only doing their job before they contract this virus from Patrick Sawyer Liberian crook. I am begging the Nigerian Government to have pity on people that are already staying at the Quarantine facility in Yaba. What goes around might comes around. if you guys failed or neglect to give proper care to the citizens of Nigeria nation and you kill them one by one you will have no one to govern on.

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