The Federal Government has dispatched a team of medical team to Calabar, Cross River state ascertain the suspected Ebola scare.
The accident and emergency ward of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital has been shut down following an Ebola Virus scare.
The scare was as a result of the death of a patient, who died at about 2pm, after symptoms related to the deadly Ebola virus manifested before he finally passed away.
Reports say the patient, whose identity could not be ascertained, was brought in from Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State on Tuesday with high body temperature while at the same time was vomiting, stooling and bleeding from nose.
The patient died shortly after samples were taken from him for investigation.
However, the Federal Ministry of Health has ruled out the case of Ebola, saying that it suspected that the patient could have died of Haemorrhagic fever.
Prof. Abdulsalam Nasidi, Director National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) told our reporters that a team has been dispatched to Calabar to verify the case.
He also said that the government is awaiting the result of the laboratory investigation.
Nasidi also assured Nigerians that there was nothing to fear about as appropriate measures have been taken to protect the people and even those who might have had contact with the patient.
He further said that the Federal Government team is already on ground to assist the state.
The Hospital accident and emergency ward has already been quarantined in order to curtail any spread in the eventuality that it was a case of Ebola.
Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee, who also doubles as the Deputy Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Queenet Kalu, according to report has said that the patient was suspected to have died of Haemorrhagic fever.
She said, “Yes, we had a patient that was suspected to have died of Haemorrhagic fever but it does not call for panic as everything is under control. There is no need for the public to be scared of EVD as it is not confirmed.”
The patient it gathered was brought in on Tuesday vomiting, stooling and bleeding from the nose and mouth. He however died around 2pm and his body has been quarantined while the ward was shut down
Nigeria had its first dose of Ebola disease on 20th July 2014 when one Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian stole into the country after been affected with the deadly disease. But the country’s medical team rose up to the occasion to curtain it’s spread, with minimal casualty as the country recorded seven death.