One of the doctors in Lagos who attended to Liberian Patrick Sawyer – the man credited with bringing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to Nigeria – has contracted the virus. Recall that Nigeria Health Minister had confirmed Liberian man who died in Lagos tested positive for the Ebola virus
The doctor in Lagos who treated a Liberian victim of Ebola has contracted the virus, the second confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city.
“This new case is one of the doctors who attended to the Liberian Ebola patient who died,” said Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu.
Late Patrick Sawyer flew in to Lagos en-route a trip to Calabar for an official assignment but fell ill in the aircraft.
The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, also said that eight persons that had first degree contact with the Liberian before he got to the hospital had also been quarantined and are under strict observation.
Liberian finance ministry employee Patrick Sawyer was found to be infected with the virus when he arrived in Lagos on July 20. He died in quarantine on July 25.
Patrick died two weeks ago 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.
The Liberian who is in his 40s is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos, a megacity of 21 million people, the Lagos State Health Ministry said on Thursday. His corpse was cremated but not after he had contacts with more than 59 Nigerians including doctors that attended to him.
Ebola has killed 732 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an outbreak began in February, straining a string of weak health systems despite international help.
This would be the first recorded case of one of the world’s deadliest diseases in Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy and most populous nation, with 170 million people and some of Africa’s least adequate health infrastructure.
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