One of the health workers at First Consultant Hospital, Obalende, where Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian who died of Ebola was hospitalized, and has been diagnosed with the deadly disease, has said that she did not have physical contact with the deceased while he was on admission.
Last Tuesday, a nurse who worked in the same hospital died from Ebola while a female doctor is presently down with the sickness. Both came into contact with Mr. Sawyer.
Their colleague, Justina Ejelonu (pictured) has also been diagnosed with Ebola virus disease, and she is currently quarantined at Mainland hospital Yaba, Lagos alongside about 40 others who either had primary or secondary contacts with Mr. Sawyer.
The news that Justina contracted the disease came as a shock to her. The reason according to her was that she didn’t touch him.
Giving a written account of the closest she came in contact with the 40-year-old Mr. Sawyer in Igboville, a facebook page, Justina, who was formerly working with Otunba Tunwase National Pediatric Centre Ijebu Ode in Ogun state before joining First Consultant early this year said: “I never contacted his fluids. i checked his Vitals, helped him with his food.(he was too weak)…..i basically touched where his hands touched and dats d only contact .not directly wt his fluids.@a stage, he yanked off his infusion and we had blood everywhere on his bed…..but d ward maids took care of that and changed his linens with great precaution. every patient is treated as high risk …..if it were airborne,by now wahala for dey.i still thank God.
“Friends, up to our uniforms n all linens were burnt off. we r on surveillance n off work till 11th. Our samples v long bn taken by WHO n so far we v been fine. For me, kudos to my hospital managt cos we work proffessionally wt every patient considered risk cos thats d training. had it been its a hospital where they manage ordinar gloves lik Govt hospital n some janjaweed private hosp..:lol….wahala for dey o.i must also thank Lagos Govt….infact! Even fed govt sef….all been supportive.im good n so r the others in d hosp…..”