Ebola: Another nurse dies in Lagos as doctor tests positive

Ebola patient being attended to during the last outbreak

Four people have now died in Nigeria since Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer brought the virus to the country

Another nurse who attended to Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian national who died of Ebola Virus Disease, at the First Consultant Hospital has died, PREMIUM has learnt.

The nurse, who had been at the B Ward – a male ward which is now referred to as Ebola Ward – of the Yaba Mainland General Hospital, died in the early hours of Thursday.

By 1 p.m., Thursday, a couple of family relatives who are at the hospital were seen wiping away tears and making telephone calls.

Jide Idris, the state Commissioner for Health, who was at the hospital declined to confirm the development to PREMIUM TIMES.

The death of the nurse brings to four the number of people who have died of the virus in Nigeria.

News of the passing of the nurse came as the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, a professor, disclosed at a news conference in Abuja that another of the doctors who treated the late Patrick Sawyer has tested positive to the deadly virus.

Details later….


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  • Okache

    It is getting very bad now. If we do not believe in God, it is the right time to invent Him. Please God completely heal those presenting receiving treatment and no more infection. God heal our land and the whole of the continent. It is well.

  • Gideon Orkar

    Damn you Patrick Sawyer, burn in hell for all eternity

  • Patric Ebola

    Why can’t you give the name of the nurse? Why are the press and the Nigerian Govt officials refusing to give the name of this Nurse? Why were the names of those who made primary contact with the American made public?

    If the name of this nurse who absconded and eloped into Eastern continent Nigeria was released to the public, the Enugu populace would have been spared. The advantages of releasing the names of infected (who may have had
    contact with people s/he can’t remember) include:

    1. People will avoid them (Just in case they, like Sawyer, decide to deliberately spread the virus)
    2. They will be easily apprehended an returned back to Quarantine

    At some point, Sierra Leone made use of Local Radio broadcast to track escapee Ebola virus carriers. These are facts you can confirm within minutes by mail, call or click of the mouse. But Nigeria clings to so called Patient privacy issues. Nonsense!

    Patient privacy issues exist. Yes. But there are exceptions. Where public safety is threatened in so grave manner as Ebola, patient privacy issues can be relegated or discarded completely. This is standard practice.

    Therefore, by this comment, I hereby instruct the relevant Govt agency to release the names of escapee virus carriers to the public without further delay.