Friday, 12 September 2014
OAU Student Evacuated To Lagos Over Ebola
Information just reaching us indicates that academic and social activities were paralysed at Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State, western Nigeria on Tuesday, 9 September, 2014, following news that one of the students admitted at the university’s teaching hospital showed signs of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.
Vanguard online reports that shortly after the news broke, the management of the institution informed newsmen that the student had been evacuated to Lagos, where she is expected to undergo Ebola screening.
It was gathered that prior to this development, it was rumoured in most parts of Osun State on Tuesday that a female student of OAU contracted the deadly Ebola virus and had been admitted at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital OAUTH, Ile-Ife.
Speaking on the matter, a student of the university, who craved anonymity, told newsmen that the alleged student returned from Port Harcourt in Rivers State on Monday and on Tuesday, she was rushed to the university’s health centre from where she was referred to the OAUTH after showing symptoms of EVD.
The source stated that the “rumour” however spread quickly as parents and guardians of students of OAU started making contacts with their wards over the development.
Another source, however, told Vanguard that a patient who claimed to be student of OAU was admitted at the hospital but failed to explain whether the patient was diagnosed of EVD.
Commenting on the Ebola scare, OAU’s Public Relations Officer, PRO, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, said the rumoured outbreak of EVD in the university was false as it was yet to be clinically proved.
Olanrewaju said the female student was discovered to have had primary contact with an EVD victim in Port Harcourt, stressing that she fell sick when she arrived the university and was rushed to OAUTHC.
The spokesman confirmed that the student had been evacuated to Lagos, where she would undergo thorough screening to verify if she had actually contracted the disease.
Olanrewaju assured that there was no established case of EVD in OAU until the result of the diagnosis to be carried out on the suspected student was released, urging the university community and the entire people of Ife town not entertain any fear over the development.
The Ebola virus is believed to have killed no fewer than seven peoplein both Lagosand Port Harcourtsince the late Patrick Sawyer brought the dreaded disease to Nigeria on 20 July, 2014. Nno fewer than 19 persons have been confirmed to have contracted the disease.
The World Health Organisation, WHO, estimates that over 2,296 have already died from the diseasesince it broke out early this year in West Africa.
Apart from Nigeria, other West African nations battling the Ebola virus are Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal