The victim identified to be a staff of the Lagos Liason office of the Economic Community of West African State – ECOWAS headquarters, Mr Jatto Abdulqudir.
Confirming his death in a statement, ECOWAS management said the 36 year old man was among those who assisted the late Liberian Patrick Sawyerr when he came to Lagos for a regional meeting and was quarantined
after Sawyerr died of the deadly disease.
This brings to three the number of deaths from the deadly virus in Nigeria. The first two being Sawyer and a Nigerian nurse.
Recall that the ministry of health had earlier said there are still 177 under surveillance.
Read ECOWAS statement :
“The ECOWAS Commission announces with deep regret the
passing of a staff member of its Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Jatto
Asihu Abdulqudir, aged 36. Mr. Abdulqudir, a Protocol Assistant,
was among those who assisted the Liberian delegate to a regional
meeting Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who died from the Ebola Virus
Disease at a Lagos hospital on 25th July 2014.
“Mr. Abdulqudir had been under quarantine following that sad
“The Commission wishes to use this opportunity to express its
gratitude to Nigerian government authorities and others who
contributed to managing the late official while under quarantine.
The Management of the Commission wishes to commiserate with
Mr. Abdulqudir’s family and colleagues and prays for the repose
of his soul.
“Before this sad event, the Commission working in collaboration
with Nigerian health authorities, had disinfected all the facilities of
the ECOWAS Lagos Liaison Office as part of precautionary
measures to safeguard the health, safety and security of staff
members, and will continue to monitor the situation.
“Management has also intensified awareness campaign among
staff on the deadly virus and uses this opportunity to invoke the
spirit of solidarity and mutual assistance.
“The Commission wishes to reassure staff of all Community
Institutions all over the entire region that it is taking all necessary
steps to guarantee their health and safety.
“Furthermore, Management enjoins all staff members and
community citizens in general to intensify the observance of
personal hygiene. They should also report any suspected case to
health facilities and seek medical advice or attention for the
effective containment and defeat of the Ebola disease.
“On the directive of regional leaders, ECOWAS has already set up
a Solidarity Fund to fight the disease and has solicited the
support contribution of Member States and development partners
to the Fund to rid the region of the virus.
“The ECOWAS Commission wishes to reiterate its continued
commitment to support Member States in confronting this deadly