One of the nurses who work with First Consultant Hospital at Obalende and had contact with the Liberian-American who died of Ebola in Lagos has also been killed by the same diseases.
Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu made this known to newsmen today while updating them on the scourge. He said the death of the nurse has brought the number of people who died of the Ebola virus to two in Nigeria.
The first was Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American who travelled from Liberia where he had gone to witness the burial ceremony of his sister, who also died from Ebola to Nigeria for a meeting of west African officials.
The 40-year-old man fell sick on the flight from Monrovia, and on his arrival in Lagos, he was rushed to First Consultant Hospital at Gregory Road in Ikoyi-Obalende. He died on July 25.
A female doctor who attended to him at First Consultant Hospital is also currently battling the disease while the hospital has been shutdown.
Health Minister, Prof. Chukwu, at the news conference in Abuja, also confirmed that five other medical practitioners, who participated in the treatment, were already infected with the virus.
He said, “Nigeria has now recorded seven confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease.
“The first one was the index case, which is the imported case from Liberia of which the victim is now late.
“Yesterday, August 5, 2014, the first known Nigerian to die of the EVD was recorded and this was one of the nurses that attended to the Liberian.
“The other five cases are currently being treated at the Isolation Ward in Lagos.”
The Minister noted that all the Nigerians diagnosed were primary contacts of the index case.
He announced the appointment of Prof. O. Onajole, of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, who would be based in Lagos, as the Director, Communication and Community Mobilisation for the EVD.
He also pledged to visit Lagos within the week, in company with his colleague in the ministry of information, to assess the situation on ground.