Ebola virus kills Liberian in Lagos

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The federal government has confirmed the death of a victim of Ebola virus in a Lagos hospital. The victim whose name is Patrick Sawyer, who
According to reports, died yesterday night at the First Consultant Medical Centre, Obalende, Lagos where he’d been receiving treatment. His condition was said to have worsened.
Sawyer, who was an official of the Liberian Ministry of Finance, arrived in Nigeria on Sunday July 20th for a conference.

However, the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, at a briefing in Abuja Friday said: “on July 22, the Federal Ministry of Health was alerted on a suspected case of Ebola virus disease in Lagos
involving a 40-year old male, travelling from Monrovia, Liberia to
Nigeria on Asky Airline via Lome to Lagos.

“The passenger presented with fever, vomiting and diarrhoea on
arrival at the airport. He was then handed over by the airline to the
Port Health Services of the Federal Ministry of Health who quickly
isolated him and transported him to the hospital, avoiding contact
with the general public.

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“The patient was subjected to thorough medical evaluation where
laboratory investigations where carried out. His blood sample was
taken to the advanced laboratory at the Lagos University Teaching
Hospital which confirmed the diagnosis of Ebola Virus Disease.
The result was corroborated by other laboratories outside Nigeria.

“Despite the urgent specialised barrier nursing care provided for
the patient in Lagos, the patient unfortunately passed away in the
early hours of July 25, 2914.”

The minister however reassured the general public that his
ministry was currently working with other ministries, agencies and
international organisations, as well as, the Lagos State
Government to prevent the spread of the virus.

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According to the minister, “all the passengers the patient came in
contact with have been traced and are being investigated; in line
with the WHO international health regulations and in keeping with
international best practices, all ports of entry into Nigeria
including airports, seaports and land borders are placed on Red
Alert.

“Ministry of Health specialists have been positioned in all entry
points. Active surveillance has also been stepped up.

“All government tertiary health institutions in Nigeria have been
equipped to handle any emergency that may arise from the
disease.”

The Minister also noted that “an emergency operation centre has
been established, coordinated by the Centre for Disease Control of
the Federal Ministry of Health with an inter-ministerial committee
set up by Mr President, headed by the Minister of Information in
order to sensitize the public.”

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The following numbers, the Minister said can be used to contact
ministry officials in case of any emergency. They include
08023210923, 08097979595 and 07067352220.

“The general public is hereby assured that the federal government
is not leaving any stone unturned to keep Nigerians safe,” the
minister said.

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