FG Approves 200 Million Naira for the fight against Ebola in Lagos State
The Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release N200 million to Lagos State as Federal Government’s direct support to aid the efforts of the state to fight against the Ebola virus.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu while briefing journalists after the Federal Executive Council meeting which was chaired by President Jonathan.
The minister further disclosed that some Nigerians had also made donations to sustain the efforts made at fighting the spread of the virus.
He said Atedo Peterside, through his foundation donated N100,000 per bed to affected private hospitals.
“The first beneficiary is First Consultant Hospital Lagos where the index case was managed the hospital has 40 beds and so will receive 4 million naira from that foundation. This is to aide the hospital to continue to pay it’s staff who have all been asked to stay home and the hospital closed as a result of the confirmed case of ebola virus. The hospital will have to be decontaminated. All the staff in the hospital who were around during the first index case are all under survillence and so are not working” he said.
Chukwu further disclosed that sequel to a meeting between President Jonathan and the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, the US has announced the donation of 30 body scanners for measuring temperature to be deployed to point of entry and exist.
He further disclosed that the country was currently requesting for a new trial drug, TKM Ebola, from the Canadian government, adding that the High Commissioner in Nigeria to Canada is also making that request to see whether the other drug being manufactured in Canada can be extended to Nigeria.
He however cautioned against total dependence on the experimental drug, stating that Nigeria will have to pass the drug through the health ethics committee for approval.
“The minister yes can decide to deploy it but that is not the way to go, we have to do the correct thing and deal with that committee. Even ZMapp, it has now become Case One Clinical Trial, it has not been subjected to clinical trial. That they are using it to treat patients in US and Liberia is part of the clinical trail. Even at that nothing is yet clear even though is a fact that two medical doctors are getting better. In Nigeria the fave patients who were treated and got discharged were never given ZMapp. It tells you something. Let’s cooperate and work together, we will surely get there” he further explained.
Briefing on the latest development as regards the Ebola virus disease, Chukwu said as at Wednesday, Nigeria has had a total number of 12 case of Ebola which include the index case, the Liberian American, Patrick Sawyer, 11 Nigerians who were primary contacts with the one index case.
Of this 12, the the total number of successful cases who have been discharged stands at five but the total number of deaths including the index case stands at five deaths.
Currently, the total number of cases in Nigeria are two, made up of one doctor, one nurse who had managed the index case and are presently on treatment at the isolation centers.
The latest death occurred Tuesday evening and that is the death of the most senior doctor, senior consultant/physician/endrocologist at First Consultant Hospital Lagos, Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh.
Speaking on the bravery of late Adadevoh he said “Regrettably she lost her life to ebola virus. Of course she contacted the disease from the Liberian-American who exported the disease to Nigeria in the cause of treating that patient.
“Indeed she had to physically restrain this infected person from escaping from hospital when the later attempted to do so having been communicated that he was ebola positive.
“Indeed if that index case had escaped hospital that that stage it would have spelt disaster for Nigeria. As many more persons many of them it would have been very difficult to track could have become primary contacts.
“There is no doubt that Dr. Adadevoh is not only dedicated, committed and competent doctor but she showed rare courage, rare sense of duty, service and patriotism to her country”.
He added that he had before her death met with her family to clear the air on some misconceptions and the family had appreciated government’s efforts. He said government is still considering a number of options in terms of compensation package for her family.
The minister also disclosed that a letter from Osun State seeking to continue with Osun Festival is still being considered, while the National Arts and Culture Festival in Ebonyi has been postponed indefinitely.