Parents and staff of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Tuesday were over the report that a patient on admission at the OAU Health Centre was a suspected Ebola Virus victim.

The Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Temitope Ilori, said the sick student had confessed that she had contact with the late Port Harcourt doctor, Iyke Enemuo, who died of Ebola after he secretly treated an infected ECOWAS diplomat, Olu-Ibukun Koye, in a hotel in Rivers State.

The commissioner confirmed that the female student has been quarantined:
“I was told that a student of the OAU who had contact with the doctor who died of the Ebola virus in Port Harcourt walked into the health centre when she was sick...

“She was said to have told doctors at the health centre that she had contact with the Port Harcourt doctor and was put under surveillance but she said she tested negative that time.

“Now she returned to the OAU to continue with her studies and was sick. She was said to have walked to the health centre and told them everything about her contact with the doctor.

“Her blood sample has been taken for another test in Lagos and we are awaiting the result. We pray she is not positive but she has been isolated at the health centre.”

When Punch visited the hospital on Tuesday, it was observed that health officials were disinfecting the entire surroundings of the medical centre and more attention was paid to places where patients sit.

It was also learnt that top officials of the hospital held an emergency meeting after testing the suspected patient, who was said to have been on admission in the hospital since Monday.

One of the officials said the suspected patient would be made to go through an intensive examination on Wednesday by the EVD team from Lagos.

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