Lagos records another ​Ebola ​case

Onyebuchi Chukwu, Nigeria's health minister.

​Nigeria has recorded another Ebola case, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said Monday.

Mr. Chukwu​ ​​said the new case is the fiance of one of the primary contacts of the index case, Patrick Sawyer.

Mr. Sawyer is the Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria late July.

Mr. Chukwu said the primary contact had, however, made a fully recovery.

Th​e new case brings the total number of Ebola cases in Nigeria to 19 with seven people dead from the disease while 10 others have recovered, the minister said.

He also noted that the sister of the Port Harcourt doctor, Ikechukwu Enemuo, who treated one of Mr. Sawyer’s primary contact in a hotel secretly, has fully recovered and been discharged.

Mr. Chukwu said with the latest developments, the total number of people under surveillance in Lagos have reduced to 27 while Port Harcourt has 477.

He also said that five people have been discharged from the Port Harcourt isolation center following completion of the 21 days observation period.

He dispelled rumo​u​rs of ​an​ outbreak of the disease in any other state or city in Nigeria, outside of Lagos and Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He ​said​ Nigeria ​currently ​ha​s only one Ebola patient — the wife of Mr. Enemuo — whom he said was already recovering and would soon be discharged.


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  • Inah Etemfa

    Thanks for your commitment.

  • Stephanie

    How are they recovering? What drug is being used to treat them?

    • Okikiola Beckley

      With good support therapy,the chances of recovery is high.

      • Nigerians should call on their deceitful MEN OF GOD (e.g., Adeboye)
        to start laying hands on Ebola patients.

    • Gideon Orkar

      A mixture of agbo and Conquer mixture

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Cheering news. GEJ is working, no matter how you want to look at it. He provided the enabling environment

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Blackie,

      We all know that Ebola would have been ravaging Nigeria and Nigerians now, if not the quick thinking and actions of Fash.

      Having stated this, we cannot deny the support he received from the FGN.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Just admit that the FG took prompt action and has handled the international angle effectively Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • noname anonymous

          The FG was slow to react: Nigeria’s borders should have been shut to travellers from Liberia, Guineau and Sierra Leone several months ago, well before Sawyer flew into Lagos, when it was clear that there was a crisis in these countries. Now, 7 people in Nigeria are dead unnecessarily. I don’t think if it was your mother that died unnecessarily that you would be talking about ‘FG took prompt action’. Nigerians have to stop accepting and praising mediocrity. We need world-class standards from these people we appoint and we need them now, across the board. The excuse of being a new independent country is now 54 years old and no longer even remotely acceptable. Accept mediocrity and you get catastrophe. Praise mediocrity and you get even more and even worse catastrophe. GEJ is a Professor in a biological field (zoology): surely with this pedigree we should have expected a much more rapid response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            I don’t know if you had a mother,if you did, you would have been more circumspect. I will end it there, because l love my mother and all mothers over the world Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • noname anonymous

            Illogical reply about being circumspect and as far as I know, there is no human being who has not had a mother. Nevertheless I think if you really did love your mother (and all mothers over the world) you would not be praising an FG that was several months too slow to react to West Africa’s Ebola crisis and which, as a result, allowed several mothers to be infected and several more to be exposed to a high risk of infection.
            It is pertinent to note that both the President and Vice President have lost family (brothers) to situations which would probably not have happened in civilised countries. And the former president allowed his wife to go for cosmetic surgery in the first place, and in the second place in a country which is not known to be the best for that kind of operation, resulting in her death. So what kind of healthcare system are we to expect in Nigeria from someone who allows his wife to go for second-rate treatment?
            I guess when the toll eventually becomes too high and the benefits of holding office fail to outweigh the costs of not performing to world-class standards in that office, the office holder will not only shed tears, but will have to start performing as he should, or be removed.
            To round off, I think, as exemplified by the death of the former president’s wife, those we call ‘silver spoons’ in Nigeria are little more than plastic spoons coated in grey coloured paint. The sooner we acknowledge this fact, the sooner we will start appointing more proper world-class standard people (like Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala) to positions that have great impact on our standard of living in Nigeria, instead of the mediocre people we have become accustomed to praising simply because of their job titles in government.
            Because of mediocre performance from the Ministry of Aviation, we have had several catastrophic crashes in Nigeria. The response to this has been to appoint someone from the Federal Road Safety Corps to the position of aviation minister. So we have now gone from mediocre to completely insane. Think about that next time you’re on a plane in Nigeria and if you like, continue praising the government; hopefully you’ll make it to your destination in one piece. But if you don’t, when you reach purgatory, say some prayers for the rest of us left here on earth. It will help you get to heaven more quickly.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            All you said, made no sense. Come again
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • Maj Variola

    The West will begin mining the harbors and cratering the airports so
    nothing can leave. They will landmine the jungle. Anything that leaves
    is sunk or shot. Snipers sans Frontieres. Quarantine with extreme
    prejudice.
    Civilization is a choice. Make it. Soon.
    Or don’t, and the population goes back to the under-billion level
    before the West started feeding everyone…
    Ebola is strong juju magic

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

  • noname anonymous

    These journalists are so inconsistent – at the beginning of the article he/she says there is a new Ebola case (a fiance of one of Sawyer’s primary contacts). He then goes on to say at the end of the article that there is only one Ebola patient left in Nigeria (wife of deceased Dr Enemuo). Surely with the fiance of Sawyer’s primary contacts, this makes two?

  • SamPsalm

    Ifeanyi, Ifeanyi, Ifeanyi. Your English is an oligarchy with no part II. Your heart is still inchoate and paying obsequious obeisance to abeyance. Summarised: you are still revving. Stop trying to say it till it forms fully.