The Kogi State Commissioner for Health Dr. Omede Idris has said that the Ebola viral has finally spread to Nigeria,and it was last week Thursday that the affected patient,a liberian diplomat Patrick Sawyer died in private hospital in Lagos.
According to the Omede, at least 729 death has occurred in the four(4)west african countries of Guinea,Liberia,Sierra-Leone and Nigeria.
The state Government he said stressed the need for members of public not to panic but observe and adhere to high standard of personal and environmental hygiene at all times. People are to be careful and be weary of eating bush meat in the family of bats,monkeys among others.this is believed that the virus is transmitted to man through bush meat.
Ebola virus has an incubation period of 4-16 day. The onset of the disease is sudden and harsh.infected persons develop very high grade fever,chills, severe headaches, muscle and joint aches;weakness,chest pain loss of appetite and within a few days,it causes disseminated intravascular coagulation marked by blood clots and hemorrhaging,both internal and external of the body.
Health personnel are advised to think of viral hemorrhagic fevers like lassa and Ebola fevers in patients with high grade fever now.protective clothing like personal protective equipment(PPE)such asface masks, hand gloves, gowns and goggles, complete equipment sterilization and barrier nursing should be instituted washing of hands after touching patients,procedures and avoiding rubbing hand on rail in health facilities and buildings is highly encouraged.
Treatment of Ebola high fever(EHF)is very challenging with both health workers and care givers at high risk.
Government,the Commissioner for Health Omede also said is taking proactive measures by way of sensitation of health personnel and the general public to this new energing disease in the west African sub-region,of which Nigeria is now among the affected nations.