Ebola: Jonathan describes Late Sawyer’s action as ‘madness’


The late Patrick Sawyer actions of coming into Nigeria has been condemned by President Goodluck Jonathan ,especially when he was aware he has been infected by Ebola Virus Disease as pure ‘madness’ and craziness.

Jonathan made the statement at the annual Interfaith
Conference in Abuja. The president who expressed his
disappointment with the way and manner Sawyer brought
Ebola to Nigeria assured citizens that government is ready to
stop the spread of Ebola.

“As a government, we promise that we will do everything
humanly possible to contain the Ebola virus,” Jonathan

He informed the gathering that the federal government
planned to rally the 36 states governors and their
Commissioners of Health to rescue the nation from further
spread of the disease.

He said: “On Wednesday, I will meet with governor of the
states, and they must come with their commissioners of
Health along. We must make sure that every state is
prepared, where they lack, the federal government will
support them,”

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President Jonathan said that his discussion with the head of
WHO has given him more information about the virus
assured the gathering that the virus will be stopped from
causing more harm.

“My conversation with the WHO DG, Dr Margaret Chan was
revealing, she said 60 per cent of the transmission was
spread during burials. That is why in my announcement; I’ve
been saying that people should be careful about burials.”
“Some people like burial ceremonies. This is not the time for
burial ceremony, somebody is dead, he is dead, leave him
there. This is not the best time for those ceremonies.”

“If he is dead, he is already dead, Sawyer that brought this
Ebola to Nigeria; his sister died of Ebola. And he started
acting somehow, his country asked him not to leave the
country, let them observe him, but the crazy man decided to
leave and found his way here.”

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Meanwhile, the federal government Monday said one new
case was recorded over the weekend, bringing the number to
10 now.

Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu stated this
Monday in a press conference on the update of the Ebola
Virus Disease (EVD)
Chukwu said: “It has been 22 days since EVD first landed in
Nigeria. As at today, 177 primary and secondary contacts of
the index case have been placed under surveillance or
isolation. 9 developed EVD, bringing the total number of
cases in Nigeria to 10. Of these 10, 2 have died (the Liberian
American and the Nigerian nurse) while 8 are alive and
currently on treatment.”

The minister along Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia
Mallam, Interior Minister, Abba Moro, Special Duties Minister,
Tanimu Turaki and Minister of Information, Labaran Maku
stated that “Nigeria wishes to emphasize that, it essentially
remained an Ebola Virus free country until this incidence of
importation and unfortunate contamination. We will continue
to work with all stakeholders, local and international
partners to maximize on this and intensify efforts to contain
and treat the existing cases.”

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Citing efforts to stop the spread of the virus in the West
African sub-region, Chukwu said government role at the
recent meeting in Accra, Ghana projected Nigeria’s “leading,
pioneering and compassionate role during the summit with
the first and only donation of 3.5Million USD humanitarian
and capacity building aid to the three affected countries of
Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the West African Health
Organization (WAHO), and the ECOWAS Ebola Fund.”