A statement issued by the Minister of Health, Prof.Chukwu
Onyebuchi, in Abuja on Thursday, noted that the nurse is the fourth
person to have died of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country.
Chukwu noted that she was one of the health workers that had
primary contact with Sawyer at the First Consultants Hospital in
He said, “The fourth death recorded today was a Nigerian nurse
who participated in the initial management of the index case. We
have now recorded 10 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease.
Out of these, four have died and eight are currently under
The minister also apologised for the error in the number of
confirmed cases given to journalists at a press briefing organised
by the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja earlier in the day.
Chukwu noted, “It is important to note that the number of
confirmed cases remains 10 as at today and not 11 as earlier
announced this morning. We regret the error which arose from
double counting in the process of communicating the additional
death from the operational centre in Lagos to the Federal Ministry
One of the doctors on the team of experts managing confirmed
cases at the Ebola Ward of the Mainland hospital, Lagos, had
earlier confirmed that the nurse had died due to the exposure she
had with Sawyer when he was admitted at the private hospital in
The reliable source said, “We lost her in the early hours of today
after much effort. She was one of the people that helped him when
he was vomiting and stooling. That was when she contracted it.”
The doctor also disclosed that two other health workers that have
now been quarantined are in critical condition.