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Ebola: Ekiti clears air on sick corps member
Source: Daily Independent ekiti.com News Section:  Ekiti Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014


By Yaqoub Popoola - Correspondent, Ado-Ekiti

Ekiti State government has clarified that there was no truth in the rumour that a National Youth Service Corps member serving in the state has been infected with the virus.

Commissioner for health, Prof. Olusola Fasuba, made the declaration at an awareness forum in Ado-Ekiti as a result of information currently making rounds in the state that Ebola had hit some towns.
He warned residents not to mistake common ailments such as chronic fever for the dreaded Ebola virus disease.

He said it was not true that a sick youth corps member who was one of those posted to serve in the state had contracted the disease.

According to him, although information confirmed that the concerned male youth corps member (names withheld) collapsed at the orientation camp at Ise/Emure Ekiti, it was unfortunate that people around him ran away and abandoned him.

Fasuba disclosed that upon hearing about the development, he swung into action by ensuring that the youth was immediately attended to by a team of health workers who later discovered that he was only suffering from chronic fever.

However, he said in order to be very sure of the correct state of health, blood samples were taken and sent to Lagos, and that the results which arrived on Thursday indicated that he tested negative to Ebola.

ďAs I speak, I assure residents that the health of the boy in question is already improving while he continues to show signs of good health far from Ebola,Ē Fasuba said.

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