Ebola Scare: Patients, Staff Flee Hospital

A baby allegedly infected with the Ebola virus was said to have been taken to Adeoyo State Hospital, Ring Road on Monday, raising fears in the area, with some residents already considering relocation from the hospital vicinity.

Though, doctors were yet to confirm from tests conducted on the baby, people in the area were afraid of being infected.

When the baby allegedly showed symptoms of the deadly virus, staff and other patients in the hospital reportedly ran for safety.

Reacting to the incident, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, allayed their fears that it had not yet been confirmed that the baby had the virus.

He hinted that blood samples had been taken and sent to the laboratory at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan for proper analysis.

“We saw a suspected patient. It will be presumptuous to jump into conclusion until the result of the test is out. But it is not likely to be positive. But let us wait for the result of the blood test,” he said.

An epidemiologist with the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Abass Gbolahan, also said: “From our records at the Oyo State Ministry of Health, we are not aware of any child said to have the infection.”

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