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Ebola: Abuja designates General Hospital in Kuje as Isolation Center

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PIC.5. HEALTH PERSONNEL IN PROTECTIVE  KITS IN ABUJA

Abuja (NAN) –  The FCT Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed, has designated the General Hospital, Kuje, in Kuje Area Council, as Isolation Centre in case of Ebola-infected persons.

The minister also inaugurated a 25-man committee to work out modalities for responding to the threat of Ebola virus and create awareness on the nature and symptoms of the virus.

Mohammed made this known during a high powered stakeholder’s interactive forum in Abuja on Monday.

He said the hospital was chosen because it would be easy for the people of the FCT to access it.

He said a ward would be designated in the hospital where the people could be quarantined and be on surveillance, among others.

He said that adequate infrastructure and equipment would be put in place to manage affected persons and guard against the spread of the virus.

“All precautionary measures have been put in place to ensure that the designation of the ward will not endanger the health workers and residents of Kuje’’, he said.

The minister instructed the Chairman of the council to sensitise its populace, rather than preventing FCT Administration from using the hospital.

“The hospital is the only option for us to isolate as a centre for Ebola patients; Gwagwalada hospital that is for FCT has being taken from us, we have no other option than to use it.

“We will put all infrastructure needed in place to avoid its spread; doctors will be given adequate training and best way to curtail the disease from spreading’’, he said.

He, therefore, advised the six area council chairmen to sensitise their people on routine cleaning and disinfecting their hands at all times.

Dr Demola Onakomaiya, the Secretary of the FCT Health Secretariat, said the transmission of the disease in humans was through direct contact with blood or body secretion, among others.

Onakomaiya denied the recent rumours of Ebola in the territory, adding that the three suspected cases being raised by FCT residents were mere rumours.

According to him, the people at risk of the disease are the health care givers and family members of infected persons. There is no specific medication or vaccine for its cure.

Dr Rui Jaz, World Health Organisation Country Representative, said the organisation would support the administration in its plans to curtail the disease.

Jaz said it was untrue that bitter kola could cure the disease as speculated, adding that it had not been proven by scientists.

Dr Akeem Lawal, Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Medical Association, FCT chapter, said the association had held two meetings since the outbreak of the disease.

“We are planning to hold another meeting very soon to call off our strike that has lasted for more than six weeks’’, he said.

The Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Mr Shabal Tete, said the designation of the hospital as Ebola centre was not a welcome development to the people of the area.

According to him, this is because most of the people are ‘illiterate.’

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10 Comments

  1. bruno

    August 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    So are we just going to wait until the white people find the cure, cause if you look at the situation, its not them that has the ebola outbreak. There are no scientists and researchers in this country, only pastors and imams.

    • Jojo

      August 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Please kick off the research. We will follow. thanks in advance. Hopefully you are a scientist

    • Bee

      August 12, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Yes o ! Only Pastors and Imams. No scientists. What a waste of brains given to us

    • ZeZe

      August 13, 2014 at 7:34 am

      lol only pastors and imams.

      I totally agree @bruno. We keep reporting on how western countries are working on a vaccine etc. But when will African Countries…no Nigeria, start taking responsibility for our own problems.

      We had pirate issues – we asked the US for help, the chibok girls got abducted – we expected US intervention, Ebola Virus Disease broke – where are our saviors, the US?

      I’m so tired of being a citizen of a helpless country. I’m not going to sit and wait for someone else to solve my problems…I just wonder when the rest of Nigeria esp. our leaders will wake up to the fact.

  2. Lady Mo!

    August 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I’m trying to imagine how the staff of this General hosp must have reacted when the minister announced it as the Ebola isolation centre…..kai! if na me I go resign sharply ni meen! YOLO! …lol
    May God protect these health workers o! its not an easy smtin!

    • To My Lady Mo

      August 12, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Please educate ya self madam. No need quiting if you are adequately protected and careful.

    • sandra

      August 12, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Madam, what if you quit and then discover your neighbour has ebola? What will you do? Run away from your home and leave your belongings? We all need to fight this ebola together

  3. Khaleesi

    August 12, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    wha? fight? i’d get the heck outta there and take my family with me. sorry

  4. d babe

    August 13, 2014 at 10:29 am

    feeling funky on ebola kit una doh ooooo

  5. MALL THAIR

    August 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Do you know that it was the male word they are using for ebola ?do u know that the hospital is too small to be use?

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