Test fever patients for Ebola, ministry tells health officials

by Azeez Adeniyi

The Federal Government has asked every health official in the country to test every fever patient, showing symptoms of bleeding for the Ebola Virus Disease.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said this in a statement by the Director, Media and Public Relations, Mrs. Boade Akinola, on Saturday.

The ministry asked all port health officials to step up inspection of all persons coming into the country.

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This comes after the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak of Ebola in Congo.

The ministry of health said, “The health minister directs all Nigerian health workers to maintain a high index of suspicion by screening all haemorrhagic fever patients for Ebola

“Similarly, the minister encourages members of the public to observe a high level of personal hygiene which includes regular hand washing and to also report all cases of fever to the nearest health facility.”

The minister said he had directed health workers to increase efforts at ports of entry.

He added, “The Federal Government in response to the announcement by the WHO on confirmed cases of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has directed port health officials to step up inspection activities and to report any sick person or suspects to ensure that Epidemiologists in the states conduct relevant tests.

“The symptoms to look out for include: fever, fatigue, weakness dizziness and muscle aches. Patients with more severe cases show bleeding under the skin, internal organs or even from bodily orifices like mouth, nose and ears.”

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