by S’ola Filani
In curtailing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, some private hospitals in Lagos have allegedly stated chasing out patients with fever.
The few ones that accept the patients allegedly compel them to wash their hands and apply sanitizers before proceeding into their building.
The guys at the News Agency of Nigeria visited some hospitals – including Jaycee Hospital, Prime Hospital, Lifeline Children’s Hospital and Providence Hospital – and reported that some of the nurses and other health workers, including cleaners in these hospitals were seen wearing face mask and gloves while attending to the patients.
A neurologist at Jaycee Hospital, Dr. Francis Ojini, said that his hospital did not attend to patients who had with fever.
Ojini said that it became necessary as health workers were at greater risk of contracting the virus.
“Health workers are the first to be in contact with patients who visited the hospital and so it is necessary we take precautions.
“For now, any illness that has to do with fever is not being attended to as we are trying to be careful because of the new development of the Ebola disease.
“If there is need, we refer patients we feel we cannot treat. We hope we are able to curtail the spread in order to save lives,” he said.
A nurse at the same hospital, who pleaded anonymity, said that nurses wore face mask and gloves when any patients visited the facility.
She said: “We are protecting ourselves from contracting a deadly disease that has no drug or vaccine at the moment.”
Also speaking, the Medical Director, Lifeline Children’s Hospital, Dr. Uche Owowo, said that his hospital was making hand sanitisers available for patients.
Owowo urged the Federal Government and other civil organisations to intensify awareness programmes to educate the masses about the disease.
“Many people still need to know more about the disease, how it can be contracted and how to prevent being infected.
“I believe educating people and making the facilities available and accessible will encourage people to be cautious,” he said.