Reports that the Marburg Virus Disease has broken out in the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, have been refuted by the management of the facility.
This information was provided in an interview monitored by the Allub News team on Sunday by the public relations officer, Sani Suleiman.
Suleiman was responding to posts on social media about the hospital’s memo warning staff about the MVD and the rise in COVID-19 cases nationwide.
The management of the Abuja University Teaching Hospital wishes to inform the entire hospital community of an outbreak of Marburg disease and an increase in COVID-19 infection, according to a memo with the title “Outbreak of Marburg disease and COVID-19 virus infection.”
As a result, all department heads and staff are hereby reminded to follow all prevention protocols to ensure adequate surveillance and hygiene.
“More information on the outbreaks will be provided in due course on our various social media platforms.”
However, Suleiman claimed that the memo was misinterpreted.
“Unfortunately, that memo was misinterpreted; it was intended to be a hospital community internal memo for our staff to be aware in case there is an outbreak or in case of patients are coming to the hospital for treatment,” he said.
“They only posted the memo; they didn’t post the safety precautions.
“So, one of the employees misinterpreted it. It was intended for the hospital community to be aware of the disease; in fact, the hard copy has not even been distributed. You are aware that some people are still careless with COVID-19, and if hospital staff does not take precautions, the disease will spread.
“We’re just making them more aware by sensitizing them. So it’s not like an outbreak has occurred. There have been no Marburg cases reported by us.
“People should ignore it, and we will issue a correction shortly.”
Nigeria is at low risk of a Marburg virus disease outbreak, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
Following a disease outbreak in Ghana, that was confirmed by the World Health Organization on July 17, the NCDC made this statement.
Given Ghana’s proximity to Nigeria and the alert from the World Health Organization, the center declared that it was on high alert.