There’s only one Ebola patient left in Nigeria. This was announced earlier today by the Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu at press conference. The virus was first brought to Nigeria by a Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, almost 6 weeks ago. Since that time, a total of fourteen other people were infected, five people have died, including Sawyer, while seven have recovered fully. According to the Minister, two of the nurses who had primary contact with Mr. Sawyer were discharged from the isolation centre in Lagos yesterday, 25 August, 2014.
During the period as well, a total of 129 people were placed under surveillance, and all of them have finished the 21 day gestation period of the virus, without any incident. Of that number, only one showed any symptoms of the disease, and is still under observation.
“As of today, Nigeria has 13 cases of Ebola virus disease. That is including the index case- the late Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer,” Chukwu said. “Five did not survive, however two more Nigerian patients have been discharged. Both of them health workers, were discharged yesterday. This brings the number of those discharged now to seven. As I speak to you Nigeria has only one case of Ebola virus. This is thus far an indication that Nigeria has contained the virus.”
The minister however warned that though the virus has been effectively contained, that Ebola has not yet been eliminated. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2