Nigeria records another Ebola case in Rivers

Governor Rotimi Amaechi

Nigeria has confirmed its eight Ebola case in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said Wednesday.

The new case, which brings the total number of confirmed Ebola cases in Nigeria to 18, is a sister of the late Port Harcourt doctor, Ikechukwu Enemuo, who secretly treated a diplomat, one of the primary contacts of the index case in a hotel.

Mr. Chukwu said eight people who had tested positive to the deadly virus disease have been successfully managed and discharged.

He also said the last case to be discharged is the first secondary contact to be diagnosed and a spouse of one of the primary contacts of the index case.

He said the patient was discharged from the isolation ward on Tuesday.

He said a ninth survivor is the ECOWAS diplomat who escaped surveillance in Lagos and travelled to Port Harcourt where he infected Mr. Enemuo.

Since the importation of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in Nigeria by Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian- American, seven people have died from the disease including the index case.

Mr. Chukwu said that a total number of two EVD patients are currently under treatment; one in the Lagos and the other in Port Harcourt isolation wards.

He also noted that 296 people are under surveillance in Nigeria; 255 in Port Harcourt and the remaining 41 in Lagos; while 320 people have been discharged following a completion of the 21 days of observation.

Mr. Chukwu also debunked rumours of EVD cases in any other states outside Port Harcourt and Lagos, stating that the blood sample of a suspected case of the disease in Zaria, Kaduna State have also been sent for testing.

Furthermore, the minister said the body of Mr. Enemuo has been decontaminated and will be buried in Port Harcourt against rumours that his corpse was transported to Edo or Delta States.


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  • I wonder why Nigerians and West Africans are not calling for those
    deceitful men of God (e.g., Adeboye) to start laying hands on Ebola
    patients.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      lol

      Do you want to see the wrath of God?

      They preach prosperity, not healing!

  • okereke ogidi

    Why not open testing centres in each of the capital cities of the 36 states of the Federation. I have read several times with dismay that “the sample has been sent for analysis ” and in most cases the patients die before the case could be confirmed as the dreaded ebola.The health Minister should wake up and be proactive not retroactive , just wishing that the viscious virus could just go away.Ebola has come and every effort,resource and weapon should be unleashed before it becomes endemic.