No Ebola in Abuja, Nigerian government says

Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu
Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu

The Federal Ministry of Health on Tuesday declared that all the suspected Ebola cases in Abuja have tested negative.

Dan Nwomeh, the spokesperson of the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, told PREMIUM TIMES there were no cases of the dreaded disease in Nigeria’s capital city.

“All suspected Abuja cases have so far tested negative,” Mr. Nwomeh said.

Since Friday, the social media have been agog with claims that a Liberian man who came for a United States Agency for International Development conference vomited and collapsed at the Nicon Luxury hotel.

People were said to have evacuated the area for fear that the man carried the deadly Ebola Virus, EVD.

However, Mr. Nwomeh said there was no cause for alarm.

The Minister of Health stated on Monday that, so far, 17 EVD cases were confirmed in Nigeria, including the index case. He said the total number managed in Lagos was 14, seven were discharged. The number of deaths so far in Lagos is five while two patients are currently on isolation.

He noted that one person died from the disease in Port Harcourt; that is the doctor that treated a secondary contact of the index case, Patrick Sawyer. One patient is currently receiving treatment there, while another has fully recovered.

He said the total number of survivors in Nigeria as of Monday was 11 and total number of deaths, six.


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  • amazing2012

    Good work, thumb up !

  • Tin

    Let us get to the root of the matter. How Patrick Sawyerr got into Nigeria, Collapsed at the airport and was able to breeze through without a medical team attending to him and being suspicious especially as he was coming from Liberia! How 2 people escaped quarantine and probably used public transport systems to get to their destination!! No more commending mediocrity! People should do their work and run their segments efficiently why feeding fat of the government purses! RUBBISH

    • Why won’t Nigerians and West Africans disregard quarantine when those deceitful Pastors (e.g., Adeboye) have taught many in West Africa to simply say: “IT IS WELL. I don’t have Ebola in Jesus name”, which causes even medical personnel to disregard quarantine.

  • How could “Mr. Nwomeh” say that “there was no cause for alarm”??? Is this man mad? No cause for alarm when a Liberian man vomits in front of you? Maybe Nwomeh has not heard that Ebola has reached Nigeria and contrary to government lies, it has NOT YET been fully contained! So when a man who happens to be from Liberia, the hardest hit Ebola hot spot, is at a conference and vomits in front of you THERE IS EVERY REASON TO BE ALARMED. I’m not a doctor and I don’t have the tools to test whether it is a suspected case or an actual infection. The only sensible thing to do given the circumstances is to run like hell.

    It is easy for Nwomeh to talk such rubbish after the fact and after he was aware that the case turned out to be negative, but I’m sure if Nwomeh was there at the time of the vomitting episode, he himself would have run like hell too! Better be safe than sorry. Let me tell Nigerians, in the interest of PUBLIC SAFETY, if someone starts vomitting in front of you today, do not rush to clean up the mess. Instead you should RUN!

  • Dandaman

    Never let the facts or truth get in the way of a good story!