The Nigeria Minister of Health Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu said a nurse who was one of the medical personnel that attended to the late Patrick Sawyer who died of Ebola disease in Lagos on the 25 of July has also died of the Ebola virus disease.
Speaking at a Press conference, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, also said that five other medical practitioners who participated in the treatment are already infected with the virus.
Onyebuchi Chukwu said; “Nigeria has now recorded seven confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease. The first one was the index case, which is the imported case from Liberia of which the victim is now late.
“Yesterday, 5th August, 2014, the first known Nigerian to die of the EVD was recorded and this was one of the nurses that attended to the Liberian. The other five cases are currently being treated at the Isolation Ward in Lagos.”
According to the Minister he said all “All the Nigerians diagnosed with EBV were primary contacts” of Patrick Sawyer, who worked for Liberia’s finance ministry and contracted the virus from his sister, Prof. Chukwu said.”
He also added that there has been the appointment of Prof. O. Onajole, of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, who will be based in Lagos, as the Director, Communication and Community Mobilisation for the EVD.
He also pledged to visit Lagos within the week, in company with his colleague in the ministry of information, to assess the situation on ground.