Ebola: LAUTECH Management Warns Against Taking Victims To Healing Centres; Buys N17m Equipment To Fight EVD

By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo

The Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Osogbo, Professor Solomon Olufemi Fadiora, has appealed to suspected victims of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) against visiting spiritual healing centres saying doing this would only help in spreading the deadly infection.

Professor Fadiora gave this charge in a statement made available to journalists in Osogbo, Osun state on Wednesday, 3rd September, 2014 by Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Mr. Ayodele Adeyemo.

According to Fadiora, “members of the public should not run to spiritual healing houses and camps or prayer houses after contacting the virus as this will only further spread the virus.”

Meanwhile, in a bid to tackle the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) by adhering to preventive measures, the management of (LAUTECH) has acquired Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) worth N17 million for its workers.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Solomon Olufemi Fadiora said the equipment procured are gloves, Ebola suits, goggles and hand sanitizers.

The CMD stressed that the equipment were bought to protect the workers in the hospital against the endemic Ebola Virus.

He also disclosed that the Drug Production Unit, (a pharmaceutical outfit) of the hospital has commenced massive production of hand sanitizers for the hospital use.

Professor Fadiora urged the public to give necessary information to health workers if any sick person is suspected to be hibernating at home as swift action will be taken to take adequate care of such person.

The medical practitioner said although there is no known Ebola case in Osun state, the hospital was taking proactive measures against it.

He noted that four Isolation centres have been created in the state located in Osogbo, Ilesa and Ejigbo.

The Chief Medical Director also revealed that the hospital has taken steps to create awareness to the general public in the state on the Ebola Virus Disease with the printing and distribution of hand bills, posters and billboards sensitizing the people on the prevention, symptoms and mode of transmission of the virus.

As a way of preventing EVD, Professor Fadiora stressed the importance of personal hygiene especially hand washing with soap and water against the deadly disease.

Professor Fadiora further disclosed that a contact officer has been appointed by the government of the state to collate information on Ebola cases.

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