While bankers in Delta state have resortedto the use of hand gloves while attending to customers, the people of Udo community, Orhionwon Local Government Council of Edo state are now living in fear, after the death of an unnamed man, purportedly from the dreaded virus.
When The Nigerian Times visited some banks in Warri, majority of the workers, especially bank tellers were seen in hand gloves, while customers continually made jokes of the new development.
At both the First Bank of Nigeria, Airport Roundabout, Warri, and the United Bank for Africa at Enerhen junction, the tellers said they bought the gloves with their personal incomes after the managements asked them to protect themselves from the virus that has infected at least ten persons in Lagos.
In Edo, it was gathered that though the deceased was said to be epileptic, his death has thrown the community into panic because he was allegedly bleeding from the nose when he died.
The blood sample taken by officials of the state health ministry is already going through medical examination to confirm or refute the claims of those who insist that the middle-aged man died of the ailment.
It was gathered that the state government had embarked upon massive enlightenment using broadcast media to sensitise the public over the signs that sufferers of the ailment would present.
“We immediately sent our officials to rush to the community to get the blood sample of the man who they said is dead already. Though we heard he was an epileptic patient, but we just want to be sure about the cause of death.
“His corpse has been isolated and we can only talk more when the result of the test is out,’’ said an official of the state health ministry, who preferred to remain anonymous.