Corps members at the orientation camp at Ise/Emure Ekiti, deserted their colleague who slumped on Friday for fear he was infected with the deadly Ebola virus.This was disclosed by the state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Olusola Fasuba who spoke at an awareness forum in Ado-Ekiti, following speculations in the state that Ebola virus had hit some towns, PM News reports.
Olusola dispelled rumours that the youth corps member had contracted Ebola, saying he was only suffering of chronic fever.According to him, when he got report of the incident, he quickly swung into action, making sure the sick boy received immediate attention from a team of health workers. A sample of his blood was also sent to Lagos and the results came out negative to Ebola virus.
He said: “The corps member has been taken away from the camp and is currently being kept at our isolated centre located within Oba Adejugbe General Hospital, Ado-Ekiti. As I speak, I assure residents that the health of the boy in question is already improving, while he continues to show signs of good health far from Ebola.”
He therefore advised residents not to mistake common ailments, such as chronic fever for the dreaded Ebola virus, while also warning rumour mongers to desist from spreading false information that could mislead or scare people, saying that government had taken pro-active measures to prevent the virus from spreading to the state.
Following the outbreak of Ebola in Nigeria, the government and other institutions have been making efforts to curb its spread. The Catholic diocese of Makurdi, Benue made it known recently that due to Ebola outbreak in the country, faithfuls are not allowed to bring corpse of relatives to church for funeral mass any more.
Also, Brig Gen Johnson Olawumi, the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), announced the suspension of orientation programme of the 2014 Batch ‘B’ corps members in six states following the outbreak of Ebola in the country.