Four more Ebola survivors discharged

Four more patients undergoing treatment for the deadly Ebola Virus Disease have been discharged from the Ebola Emergency Treatment Centre in Lagos.

The Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, in a statement on Monday, said the discharged patients have now being confirmed to be Ebola free.

The identities of the survivors were however not disclosed.

Mr. Chukwu said three of the patients – two male doctors and a female nurse – participated in the treatment of the index case, Patrick Sawyer, while the fourth patient was a female patient at the First Consultant Hospital at the time Mr. Sawyer was on admission.

Mr. Sawyer, a Liberian-American, escaped surveillance in Monrovia, and came into Nigeria on July 20 with the deadly Ebola virus.

He later died at First Consultant on July 24.

Following the importation of the disease, 11 people have tested positive to the disease out of which four people have died, including the index case.

This development brings the number of discharged persons to five.

One of the patients, who tested positive to the virus was discharged on Saturday, after she was declared Ebola free.

Mr. Chukwu had earlier indicated that more than half of the patients being treated  were responding to treatment.

The minister said all the persons under surveillance were secondary contacts.

Mr. Chukwu added, “All the patients under treatment have now moved to the new 40-bed capacity isolated ward provided by the Lagos State Government.

“Additional equipment has also been made available to the new isolating ward by the Federal Government’’, he said.

The minister also said that the Nanosilver drug which was made available to the Emergency Operations Centre in Lagos on Aug. 14, did not meet basic research requirements.

“The experimental drug, Nanosilver, did not meet the requirements of the National Health Research Ethics Code.

“Accordingly, approval was withheld by the National Health Research Ethics Committee.

“Other candidate drugs are being evaluated by the Treatment Research Group of Ebola Disease.

“As soon as any of the experimental drugs is cleared by the National Health Research Ethics Committee and is made available, we shall include it in the treatment regimen subject to the informed consent of the patient.’’

The minister also debunked speculations that there are Ebola cases in Imo, Abia and Cross River States, adding that the case of the disease in Kwara was still under investigation.

“The mother of the child in Kwara tested negative and we are still investigating the child. Also, the corpse in Anambra was embalmed and we are awaiting result of the test.

“All the mortuary attendants who had contact with the corpse tested negative, so there is no need to panic’’, he said.

On the suspension of resident doctors’ training by the Federal Government, Mr. Chukwu said there had been problems with the training which also informed the ongoing doctors’ strike.

According to the minister, the suspension is with all federal government hospitals, adding that states’ teaching hospitals were not affected.

“The government suspended the training to allow for critical investigation and come up with better ways to improve the training.’’

Mr. Chukwu said the paperwork for insurance package for volunteers was ongoing, adding that the Lagos State Government had commenced implementation of insurance package for health workers.

 


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  • Enemona

    Good news! Kudos to the doctors and nurses braving it out to save others’ lives, you’re the real heroes. These are the people who actually merit national honours. Keep up the good work. The Lagos state government has also done a great job.

    • Omooba

      I fully agree with you.

      Praise be to God for His mercies endureth for ever. The families of these people will be very grateful for the recovery.

      I pray this virus will be totally stamped out of our land – local and international

      • ginny

        Totally disgusting, the extent to which our government will lie and fabricate things in order to look good in the eyes of the public. Politicizing and playing with the lives of people. Can they explain to us what the so called ‘ billion naira ‘ is being used for’. Not to build a new hospital as Mainland Hospital which is the quarantine centre is an existing facility. How about basic facility like water, oxygen, electricity. All these were lacking which deliberately led to the death of victims including the Ibo Nurse who passed away yesterday. You’d expect that such a huge sum should be sufficient to procure basic things, not to talk of transforming this old Hospital to a state of the art centre.
        Never mind, the blood of the innocent will cry for vengeance. All those in responsible positions but not staying true to the confidence placed in them shall suffer, maybe not immediately, but surely they shall pay to their children’s generation.
        My heart goes out to the affected families, only the feet that wears the shoe knows were it pinches. And the rest of us….. we go about nursing a silent fear that Ebola doesn’t visit us or any one we know, Because if it does, the best we’ll get is to get sent to a facility were in the past week, victims couldn’t have their bath because there was no water.
        FOOD FOR THOUGHT EVERYONE, LET OUR CONSCIENCE BE STIRRED ,LET’S DO THE RIGHT THING

        • Peter Claver

          For people like you, nothing good ever comes from Nigeria. Haba!, you should be thanking God and all the health workers who are risking their lives to care for the sick. You sit in hiding inside the virtual world of the internet spewing rubbish. Please go hide your head in shame you naysayer.

  • YEMISI EBOLA

    i am so impressed with this new development keep it UP DR GOOD LUCK EBELE JONATHAN.

    • Ovie Sergent Obaro

      Oh yes! God will bless you for acknowledging hardwork and greatness. It means that you are great too…for it takes greatness to recognise one. God bless you yanfunyanfun.

      Bros Jona is performing…despite the avalanche of problems manufactured by the enemies of progress from left, right & centre. Oh yes! …THEY predicted 2015 and unleashed boko haram, but as a naturally militant noble by birth, he absorbed and confronted. Then THEY manufactured Ebola & sent their agent to Nigeria. He who avoided fellow citizens at Monronvia airport, “gladly” hugged peope and allowed Nigerians to touch and carry him…even denying that he had Ebola….and THEY made the drug for Ebola but refused Nigerians. But when we decided to order for Nano Silver developed by a Nigerian, THEY were quick to call it pesticide. Haba! Na so una wicked? There is God Ohhh…..Nonsense.

      …and now, it seems the typical Nigerian fighting spirit is at work …and people are surviving. Maybe na GOODLUCK but they’ve survived and others will. Amen? Amen!

      I only hope Nigeria will take the cue from Scotland and conduct a referendum so that those who are hungry for independence can decide…and emergent countries can develop at their own pace. For peoples of Nigeria to maximize their potential & be truly globally competitive, they require a system that permits competition where the very best & most qualified are in the right positions. Our present so called Federal structure & quota system which presents individuals who can never address UN without looking at prepared speech will never achieve that. Nonsense!

    • Mosaku 147

      Ode.oloshi.oyanra.

    • TRUTH MASTER

      What? Did you mistake the President for the Dr. who treated the Ebola patients? You must be horsing around!!!

  • Henry

    The Nigerian health Ministry is
    doing very good, and should continue using whatever combination of Ebola
    treatment protocol that has so far achieved this excellent result.

    The issue of Ebola has gone to
    show that as a Nation, we must start looking inwards to solve our problems and
    discontinue hoping on other nations.

    We should try and reduce
    curruption; invest in Human capital and massive infrastructural development.

    For the striking Doctors, I
    suggest that Government reinstates their employment, while the Doctors should
    endeavor to call off the strike to help contain the Ebola Viral Disease, simultaneously
    negotiation should continue to arrive at agreeable benchmark towards improving their
    welfare.

  • Henry

    The Nigerian health Ministry is doing very good, and should continue using whatever combination of Ebola treatment protocol that has so far achieved this excellent result.

    The issue of Ebola has gone to show that as a Nation, we must start looking inwards to solve our problems and discontinue hoping on other nations.

    We should try and reduce curruption; invest in Human capital and massive infrastructural development.

    For the striking Doctors, I suggest that Government reinstates their employment, while the Doctors should
    endeavor to call off the strike to help contain the Ebola Viral Disease, simultaneously negotiation should continue to arrive at agreeable benchmark towards improving their welfare.

    • Tinuola

      The doctors must not be reinstated, they are of no use and of no value. Let them continue their strike for ever. They have been shamed.

  • Dankaba

    1st wrong assumption is that Nigeria is civilized and the 2nd is that we are in a democracy

    • otapete

      A leader is to have a vision of our collective destination. Jonathan is mediocre.

  • progress

    Good article, I agree in totality that the 2015 elections is not about Buhari, it is about the voters yearning for a change to a better managed Nigeria. By a leader with the will and temerity to curb corruption in its entirety.

  • absam777

    Your diagnosis of Nigeria’s problem is Simply brilliant.