Nigeria records new Ebola cases

An Ebola patient being attended to

Nigeria has recorded two new Ebola cases, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, announced Friday.

Mr. Chukwu, a professor, said the new cases are spouses of the primary contacts of the index case, Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria.

He said the new cases are the first secondary contacts to test positive to the deadly virus that has killed five people in Nigeria.

The secondary contacts had been under surveillance since the outbreak of the disease in Nigeria, Mr. Chukwu added.

At a press conference in Lagos Wednesday, Jide Idris, the state’s Health Commissioner, told journalists that five new suspected Ebola virus cases were brought to the isolation ward of the Yaba Mainland Hospital in Lagos on Tuesday.

Mr. Idris added that two of those five cases were from secondary contacts linked to the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to Nigeria.

“Till date, we have recorded eight suspected cases, five of which came in yesterday (Tuesday), 12 confirmed,” said Mr. Idris. “On the whole, five have died (including the index case). We are currently following up 213 contacts, and 62 have completed the two-day follow-up.”

But barely two hours after the press conference ended, Health Minister, Mr. Chukwu, issued a terse statement telling the public to “disregard” Mr. Idris’ figures.

“The Honourable Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, wishes to reiterate that at present, Nigeria has only two confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease,” Mr. Chukwu said in a statement by Dan Nwomeh, his Special Assistant on Media and Communication.

It is not clear whether the two new cases are part of those Commissioner Idris announced.

Nigeria was free of Ebola until July 20 when Mr. Sawyer arrived. He became terribly ill on his flight and was rushed to the First Consultant Hospital Obalende, Lagos, where he died on July 24.

Nigeria’s Health Minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said last week that although the Liberian government has apologized for the incidence, it was pertinent to note that Nigeria was free of Ebola Virus until its importation by the Liberian-American.

Mr. Sawyer’s action, he said, has placed unnecessary stress on Nigeria’s health system.

Read full statement by the minister below:


Nigeria has now recorded the first two (2) cases of Ebola Virus Disease in secondary contacts of the index case, the Liberian-American.

The two patients are spouses of primary contacts of the Liberian-American. They are among the secondary contacts who have been under surveillance.

This now brings to four (4) the total number of Ebola Virus Disease patients currently under treatment at the isolation ward.

This also means that the total number of cases of Ebola Virus Disease so far reported in the country is fourteen (14). The number of deaths still remains five (5), while the number of those successfully managed and discharged also stands at five (5).

The Federal Government, working with the Lagos State Government and other partners, will continue to maintain vigilance, continue to strengthen our containment activities, and wishes to reassure the Nigerian public and the global community that efforts will not relent until the very last case of the Ebola Virus Disease is seen in Nigeria.

Thank you.

Dan Nwomeh

Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Minister

Federal Ministry of Health

1st Floor, Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase III

Ahmadu Bello Way, Abuja


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  • Bashir adedamola

    onyebuchi chukwu is useless man. He does not know anything than to announce Ebola related issues. Useless minister

    • NwaOmoNaijaYaro

      C’mon, Dude! Be civil. We must all acknowledge the wonderful effort of both Lagos State and the FG [via Onyebuchi Chukwu] towards the containment of this plague. Their upfront communication has also assisted in preventing the confusion in Liberia from happening here. You’d do better than promote cynicism and anomie in a matter of this magnitude, pls.

      • nija pikin

        I totally agree the health minister is doing wonderfully well I wish the president will add 2 more ministries for him to manage especially petroleum and internal affairs the guy is helping nigerians to manage and be educated about Ebola. So please we should appreciate excellence.

    • ifebuche

      You must not comment you know?
      You won’t die if you don’t.

  • Sawyer P

    …but why wont these men allow their nurse wives to rest after a hard days job? You cant even hold on for one week? See the danger you have put all of us now?

    • BlackieUmukoro

      Is it from knowing their wives that they contracted it ? Touching and close contact is the easiest way. The doctors and nurses did not die from having intimate relationships with that son of a thousand fathers, called, sawyer. Contribute meaningfully and constructively please

      • Sawyer P

        Why do you have to beg me?… are you a beggar?

        • BlackieUmukoro

          Begging you to reason without sentiments
          Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • BlackieUmukoro

    This is the best way to manage it, so that the populace don’t get scared

  • Goodluck_Nigeria


    JEGA has fully delivered INEC to the born-to-rule Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani …….. INEC under Jega has become the new domination tool of the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani.

    JEGA’s new dubious domination scheme of creating 30,000 additional new polling units (27,615 New Polling Units for the North …….. and only 2385 New Polling Units for the entire South) must be stopped now.


    1. Logistics – Col. Hamanga – Adamawa State (North-East)
    2. Operations – Dr Nuru Yakubu – Yobe State (North-East)
    3. Procurement – Ambassador Wali – Sokoto State (North-West)
    4. Finance & General Purpose – Prof. Jega – Kebbi State (North-West)
    5. ICT – Prof. Jega – Kebbi State (North-West)
    6. Political Monitoring – Hajiya Amina Zakari – Jigawa State (North-West)
    7. Human Resources – Ambassador Oniyangi – Kogi State (North-Central)

    • GbemigaO

      Why must we read tribalism into every appointment?

  • humm

    I believe Lagos state over the minister of health. He is not on ground in Lagos and sitting his arse in Abuja taking garbage is a wate of time.

  • Gabriel

    First of all I don’t no what to say. After reading this I thought to my self why did the airport even have to allow people from Liberia even come to dis country maybe I am not making sense now but still we need help from developed countries but our government keeps denying even after invitation. Now we are part of United Nations so let’s use this chance and ask for help. Thank you if u have read this I am just a child of this nation who really cares for her

  • GbemigaO

    I hope the spouses were quarantined before developing the full blown diseases. I can imagine how many people they would have infected too!

  • osogbo

    REMOVE HEALTH MINISTER FOR INCOMPETENCE. First case of Ebola reported in Guinea, West Africa in March 2014 . It subsequently spread to Sierra Leone and lLiberia. Nigeria has all the time to proactively prevent its importation into the country. All this while it’s airports and land ports were wide open. Nigeria planes flew in and out of Liberia without controls. If the minister was not sleeping on the job why wait for sawyer to import it before health screening and controls at Nigeria ports of entries? The ECOWAS meeting should never be schedule in calaba with the epidemic ravaging the ECOWAS countries to attend.

  • lola

    The minister of health has been wonderful since this Ebola outbreak in Nigeria and all those who have been helping to prevent it from further spreading. Am so proud of the way Nigeria handled the Ebola case and i pray
    God see us through

    • Bipin Pant



    Good news for Nigerians if that is the true facts and figures. I think its enough time the minister, Onyebuchi, will try and visit one of the isolation centers.
    In addition, it will be better for the FGN to manage quarantine (just for 21 days) all the 213 suspected and probable persons under surveillance now than to deal with subtly escalating new cases. Otherwise newly reported cases might one day get out of control.