The woman whose Port Harcourt-based medical doctor husband died of Ebola after treating an ECOWAS diplomat, is recovering from the deadly virus she also became infected with, the health minister said Monday.
The minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the nursing mother of a three-month-old baby will soon be discharged from hospital.
In what appeared an uplifting news as Nigeria battles to contain the deadly virus, the minister said as two more patients recovered from the virus and have been discharged.
One of them is the sister of Ikechukwu Enemuo, the Port Harcourt doctor.
She was discharged from the isolation ward in Rivers State on Sunday.
The fiancé of one of the primary contacts of Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought Ebola to Nigeria, also recovered.
“The test results were equivocal but further tests established the disease. He had only mild symptoms and he has since recovered from the illness. He was quarantined but because of the equivocal test result he was not placed on active treatment,” Mr. Chukwu said at a press briefing in Abuja.
He said there is only a person on treatment in the isolation ward in Lagos although hundreds are under observation.
“At the moment only one person, the wife of the Port Harcourt doctor is on treatment in the isolation ward in Lagos. She no longer has any symptoms and is undergoing series of tests preparatory to her discharge from the isolation ward this week,” Mr. Chukwu said.
It has been 50 days since the Ebola Virus Disease was imported into Nigeria through Lagos, and 38 days since it spread to Port Harcourt.
So far, all the cases that have been confirmed in Nigeria are traceable to the index case, Mr. Sawyer.
According to the minister of health, as of Monday morning, the total number of confirmed cases of EVD in Nigeria is 19; 15 in Lagos, and four in Port Harcourt.
The total number of patients who have been successfully managed and discharged stands at nine. The nine patients successfully managed and discharged are among the total number of 11 survivors of EVD in Nigeria.
Currently, there are only 27 contacts under surveillance in Lagos while a total of 339 contacts who were previously on surveillance have been discharged having completed 21 days of observation.
Port Harcourt has 477 contacts under surveillance. It is a mixed group consisting of tertiary and quaternary contacts of Mr. Sawyer’s. Five contacts have already been discharged from surveillance in Port Harcourt having completed 21 days of observation.
However, the total number of deaths from EVD in Nigeria stands at seven. Five of these died in Lagos; one in a private hospital, the index case Mr. Sawyer, and the other four (4) in the isolation ward in Lagos State.
Two of the seven died in Port Harcourt- Mr. Enemuo who died in a private hospital and the contact, a patient in the hospital at the time the doctor was also on admission, who died in the isolation ward in Rivers State.