Via The Nation: NMA: Hospital matron shows Ebola symptoms. This appears to confirm a passing mention of the matron in an earlier report. Excerpt:
Another medical official who attended to Liberian Patrick Sawyer in Lagos hospital now has symptoms of Ebola virus, Lagos doctors said yesterday.
Sawyer, who flew into Lagos on July 20, died five days later of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) at the First Consultant Hospital in Obalende, Lagos.
A doctor who attended to him in the hospital has been declared Ebola-hit.
Chairman of Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Dr. Tope Ojo, said yesterday that the matron of the hospital now exhibits symptoms of Ebola.
He also said doctors need the assurance of their safety while attending to suspected Ebola cases.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jide Idris has said eight persons’ test results –some of those who had primary contact with the Liberian- are being awaited.
Dr. Ojo, said though the infected doctor is stable, the matron of the First Consultant Hospital, who also attended to the Liberian virus carrier, is now showing the symptoms.
“But everybody, including the WHO, is doing all we can to salvage the situation."
He added: “Strike or no strike, we must respond to emergencies. Our doctors are at the hospital in Yaba. There are seven committees working on the management of the disease at the centre in Lagos. Our members are part of the committees.
“But the committee is having challenges getting volunteers in case management. These are the people that work directly with confirmed and suspected cases.
“Look at the overall kits doctors in Liberia and Guinea wear. They are well protected, yet some of them still caught the virus. Our doctors are worried about the danger it poses to their lives and they need to be reassured. We understand their fears and we are making moves to confirm the level of preparedness of the government for doctors.”