PANIC enveloped Abuja recently when a patient at Asokoro General Hospital suspected to be victim of Ebola virus disease died before his test-result could come out.
The patient was the fourth whose condition caused such panic and fears among residents that the disease might have found its way into the Federal Capital Territory (FCT.)
The patient had died after the family medicine unit of Asokoro District hospital suspected the disease in the patient who was on admission at the accident and emergency unit of the hospital.
Abuja Xtra was informed that blood sample of the suspect was taken to the designated FCT Ebola-testing laboratory for the test while the epidemiology unit of Public Health Department of the FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat was notified for necessary action.
Even while the test-result was still being awaited, medical staff of the hospital, who had contact with the patient, were placed under surveillance.
All of these were confirmed by the Head, Public Relations unit of the Secretariate, Badaru Yakasai, who disclosed that the case served as a drill case to test the preparedness of the hospital to manage and contain Ebola disease.
He said: “Clinical assessment of the patient did not reveal any history of contact or travel. However, in view of the high index of suspicion, isolation and strict infection control measures continued and the unit was condoned off.
“The accident and emergency unit was temporarily relocated to the general outpatient unit. A list of all medical staff that had come into contact with the patient was compiled and all of them are under surveillance,” he said.
Meanwhile, the entire hospital environment developed anxiety, waiting for the result of the test.
While the waiting lasted, The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Abubakar Ahmadu, could not be reached, but Abuja Xtra was told that the hospitals’ management was liaising with the Federal Ministry of Health before making public comments on the result.
An official of the FCT Health and Human Services secretariat also confirmed that the hospital was consulting with the Federal Ministry of Health.
The source hinted that the management of the hospital had to be cautious, but noted that there was no need for residents to panic.
When the much-awaited result eventually came out, it turned out to be negative.
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