The accident and emergency ward of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital was shut down on Tuesday following the death of patient who displayed symptoms similar to that of the deadly Ebola Virus.
The patient, whose name was not given, was brought in from Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State on Tuesday with high body temperature while at the same time was vomiting, stooling and bleeding from nose.
The patient died shortly after samples were taken from him for investigation.
The hospital management subsequently
quarantined the accident and emergency ward as a precursionary measure.
“A patient was brought in on Tuesday vomiting, stooling and bleeding from the nose and mouth. He had a high temperature. It was suspected that he had haemorrhagic fever but it has not been
confirmed. He died around 2pm and his body has been quarantined while the ward was shut down,” a source in the hospital told The Punch
But another source in the hospital, said the patient was suspected to have died of Haemorrhagic fever. He, however, said the state Ebola Emergency team was invited at about 6pm to take the sample of the dead suspect for further investigation.
The Chairman of Medical Advisory Committee, who also doubles as the Deputy Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Dr. Queenet Kalu, confirmed the scare, but said the patient was suspected to have died of Haemorrhagic fever.
“Yes, we had a patient that was suspected to have died of Haemorrhagic fever but it does not call for panic as everything is under control. There is no need for the public to be scared of EVD as it is not confirmed.”
Ebola was brought into the country in similar circumstance by an America-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer on July 20, 2014 after he became sick on a ASKY Airline flight from Monrovia to Lagos.
He was rushed to First Consultant Hospital in Lagos where he infested some of the hospital staff who attended to him with the disease, notable among them being was Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh. Sawyer died on July 24, 2014.
Source: The Punch