Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this August 17 report in Punch: States strategise to confine Ebola to Lagos. Excerpt:
Following the death of some infected health workers in Lagos, other states in the federation have adopted measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus to their regions.
Sunday PUNCH learnt that most of the states drawing up strategies to prevent the spread of the disease are working to ensure that the virus remains in Lagos.
Even as the states worked on their anti-ebola strategies during the week there were reports that some individuals had been tested for the virus in Enugu and Kwara states.
Last week, one of the nurses who was in contact with the first Ebola victim in Nigeria, Patrick Sawyer, escaped quarantine in Lagos and fled to Enugu to meet her family members.
Reports say all the 20 people that the nurse came in contact with have been put under surveillance while she and her husband were sent back to the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba, Lagos State.
Also, in Ilorin, Kwara, a seven-month-old baby is being monitored after exhibiting symptoms of the virus. SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the Ondo State government had started the screening of in-bound travellers from Lagos and other neighbouring states to detect carriers of the Ebola virus.
The Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, told our correspondent on Friday that equipment and other protective medical facilities had been procured for use by health workers who have been posted to strategic areas.
He said, “We have placed our health workers at our border towns with states like Osun, Ekiti, and Ogun so that those coming from Lagos where the Ebola virus has been fully identified can be screened.
“We have also provided our health workers with protective equipment so that they can adequately handle the issues. Because there is no cure yet for the disease, we are also enlightening the people on ways they can protect themselves.”