The Federal Government has cleared the First Consultants Medical Centre, Obalende, in Lagos, of Ebola virus contamination and asked it to reopen. The hospital, which treated the first Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, patient, Patrick Sawyer, was shut to prevent those with which it has contacts, including patients, from contracting the disease. The clean bill given the hospital was a Certification of Decontamination by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC. Also, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, followed suit through a separate letter of certification to the hospital.
“First Consultants has now been cleared to reopen for business. We hope that with this reopening, your facility will continue to maintain its high quality of standards”, Idris said
The State government commiserated with the hospital over the death of its staff while treating the late Sawyer. Idris commended the hospital for “preventing an epidemic”
First Consultants was closed and quarantined by the Federal Government on July 26, after the index case (Sawyer) died the day before. The action was in adherence to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) preventive protocol on the virus. One of those who died was the hospital’s Senior Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Dr. A. S. Adadevoh.