Ebola: OAU Female Student Evacuated to Lagos

The authorities of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, have said one of the institution’s female students is suspected to be a secondary contact of the Ebola Virus Disease.

Biodun Olarewaju, Public Relations Officer of the university, disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday.

He explained that the student in question has been evacuated to Lagos for proper attention.

“A female student of the OAU, Ile-Ife who is suspected to be a secondary contact of the late Port Harcourt doctor who died of the EVD after he secretly treated an infected ECOWAS diplomat, Olu-Ibukun Koye, in a hotel, presented sick at the University Health Centre. After a clinical assessment by the Ebola Surveillance Preparedness and Response Committee of the University, the authorities thereafter contacted the State Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation, WHO. The female suspected secondary Ebola contact has since been evacuated to the appropriate facility in Lagos for further investigations to confirm her status,” the statement said.

While emphasizing that the students’ illness was not a confirmed Ebola case yet, Olarewaju, said, “In the meantime, the National team and the World Health Organisation team on Ebola Control have promptly decontaminated the University Health Centre despite the fact that the case is yet to be confirmed. The University authorities wish to emphasise the fact that the case is not a confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease and therefore request all members of the University Community to remain calm as the situation is fully under control.”


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