Ebola: LAUTECH CMD Counsels Public, Appeals To Doctors To Suspend Strike

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

The Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, (LAUTECH), Osogbo, Professor Solomon Olufemi Fadiora has advised the general public to be careful on what they eat especially things that have been identified as vectors of Ebola Virus Disease.

This was contained in a release signed and made available to journalists in Osogbo, Osun state, southwest Nigeria on Wednesday, 13th August, 2014 by Public Relations Officer of LAUTECH, Ayodele Adeyemo.

Professor Fadiora revealed that Ebola virus infection has become pandemic and can spread through the handling of some of the vectors of the virus which include chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelopes and porcupines either ill or dead.

He disclosed that the Ebola Virus spread rapidly through human to human transmission from direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids like blood, saliva, semen, vomit, urine or faeces of infected people including a direct contact with environments contaminated with such fluids.

Professor Fadiora said the public should watch out for symptoms of the deadly virus which include sudden onset of fever, headache, muscle pain, Rash, Diarrhea/Stooling, Internal and External bleeding and sore throat.

Others symptoms are intense weakness, vomiting, lack of appetite and impaired kidney and liver function.

Professor Fadiora therefore advised that report should be made immediately to the hospital if and when these symptoms are noticed.

The Chief Medical Director recommends frequent washing of hands, avoiding areas of known outbreaks, avoiding bush meat and contact with infected people as ways of preventing the contact of the virus.

Meanwhile, Professor Fadiora has appealed to striking doctors to sheath their sword and call off the ongoing nationwide strike and resume their services in this period of National Emergency.

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