The Federal Government, Wednesday, urged Nigerians to ignore reports of fresh cases of Ebola infections in the country. This was contained in a series of twitter messages by Dan Nwomeh, Special Assistant on Media and Communication to Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Minister of Health.
“Disregard all rumours of new cases,” Nwomeh said. The minister’s position came a few minutes after the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, announced on Wednesday that five suspected cases of the Ebola infection are being investigated. Idris said that the five suspected cases have been admitted to the isolation centre. But Nwomeh, speaking for Chukwu, said the cases of the soldier reported in Kaduna and that of a Liberian in Lagos turned out to be hoaxes.
Nwomeh said on his Twitter handle: “Minister of Health of Nigeria confirms that there’s no new case of Ebola in Nigeria. “Please disregard the rumours on social media. “Reported case in Kaduna was a Nigerian soldier who returned from Sierra Leone, fell ill and was diagnosed with Ebola. “Result was negative. “Minister of Health has also clarified the stories of a another Liberian who tested negative to Ebola in Nigeria. “The Liberian was actually leaving Nigeria, was spotted by port health officials due to his high temperature. “His sample was tested and result for Ebola was negative but positive for malaria. “Was treated and allowed to continue his journey.” He added that the status remains the same, adding that confirmed cases of Ebola in Nigeria remain 12, five dead, five discharged, and two currently being treated.
Earlier, during a press conference addressed by the Health Minister and his Information counterpart, Labaran Maku, the Federal Government cautioned against misinformation on the Ebola contagion. They also informed the Federal Government had provided for a Life Insurance scheme, among other benefits for medical carers, and commended the Lagos State government for doing the same.