Ebola: 3 Liberian Returnees Quarantined In Benue State
Makurdi, the Benue state Capital was filled with Panic over the weekend due to reports that three indigenes of the State who came back from Liberian has been placed under surveillance for Ebola Virus.
It was learnt that the panic broke out on Sunday evening as residents of the State Capital started to make frantic calls to relatives and friends over the Liberian returness.
The three returnees were two missionary workers and their driver.
However, the Chief Medical Director of BSUTH, Professor Orkurga Malu, while speaking with Newsmen in Makurdi, dismissed the rumours that the quarantined persons were infected with the virus.
Malu said that Benue indigenes have been residing in Monrovia for a year where they engaged in missionary work, relocated from the Liberian capital in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.
“There is no truth that some Benue indigenes from Monrovia, Liberia are victims of the deadly Ebola virus. What happened is that since some airlines have shut down operations to Liberia, the couple and their driver had to take a connecting flight from their base to Accra, Ghana where they stayed for a week before travelling to Nigeria.”
While refusing to disclose the identity of the persons concerned, Malu said, on arrival in the state, they were quickly admitted in the hospital and have been kept under close observation.
“They have not shown any symptoms of the disease because at every stage their temperature is checked and tested right from Monrovia before they boarded the plane to Ghana and then Nigeria.
“Since they came in here on Thursday, we have been testing them on a daily basis and there is no evidence of temperature rise or any of the symptoms of the virus.
“So we are 99.9 per cent sure that they do not have Ebola virus. But just in the remotest case of 0.1 percent, we have kept them to ensure they do not have the disease,” he stated.
The CMD who urged the people of the state not to panic assured that the hospital has adequate facilities to cater for any victim of the virus.