Sokoto – A 25-year-old patient brought to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, with suspected Ebola virus symptoms is reported to had tested negative to the disease.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Yakubu Ahmed, and made available to newsmen in Sokoto on Friday.
The statement said: “The hospital has gotten approval of the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu to inform the general public that the result of the investigation was negative to Ebola”.
He said that the patient (name withheld) also tested negative to “Lassa, and Dengue and West Nile diseases”.
“The patient was brought on Sept. 1, on account of vomiting, weakness of the body, cough and bleeding from the nostrils, the situation that generated fear among the residents of the state”.
It added that the patient was initially managed at a private hospital on account of gastro-enteritis and was said to have “gotten better and discharged only to start presenting afore-mentioned features”.
“It was also learnt that the nasal bleeding of the patient had caused panic among staffers of the hospital.
“As a result, his sample was taken and sent to the reference laboratory in Lagos for Ebola virus test.
“In line with this, we urge people not to panic and be assured that the Federal Government is committed to the safety of Nigerians.
“We also commend the efforts of the health workers for their vigilance and courage in the management of the case,” the statement read in part.