An OAU student who had contact with an Ebola victim, Dr. Enemuo, but tested negative to the virus may be Nigeria's latest case
The student of the Obafemi Awolowo student, feared to have the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, has revealed that she had contact with a victim of the disease in Port Harcourt.
However, she also tested negative to the virus.
According to the Osun State Commissioner For Health Dr Mrs Temitope Ilori, the student told doctors in her isolation ward that she has contact with Dr Iyke Enemuo who was killed by the Ebola virus, but had initially tested negative.
“She was said to have told doctors at the health centre that she had contact with the Port Harcourt doctor and was put under surveillance but she said she tested negative that time," Ilori said.
“Now she returned to the OAU to continue with her studies and was sick. She was said to have walked to the health centre and told them everything about her contact with the doctor.
“Her blood sample has been taken for another test in Lagos and we are awaiting the result. We pray she is not positive but she has been isolated at the health centre.”
Ilori said the student "walked into the health centre when she was sick."
The OAU management has urged calm in a statement released late on Tuesday and signed by the Public Relations of the university, Mr. Biodun Olarewaju.
“The University authorities wish to emphasise the fact that the case is not a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease and therefore request all members of the University Community to remain calm as the situation is fully under control,” it read in part.
Port Harcourt-based Dr. Enemuo had secretly treated a diplomat, a staff of Economic Community of West Africa, ECOWAS, who escaped from a quarantine centre in Lagos to Port Harcourt.
While the diplomat recovered, the doctor fell in and died.
His wife and sister tested positive but have since recovered.