Nigeria successfully blocks Ebola, has one case left- Minister

An Ebola patient being attended to

Nigeria has successfully reduced the number of Ebola cases in the country to one, the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said.

As of Tuesday, only one Ebola patient remained in isolation in Nigeria, down from the 13 cases the country confirmed since the outbreak of the virus in July, Mr. Chukwu said at a press conference.

The deadly virus was first brought to Nigeria 38 days ago by a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer. Mr. Sawyer later died, but after health workers who treated him had contracted the virus.

Mr. Chukwu said so far Nigeria has had 13 cases including the index case. Five of those infected died, while seven have successfully recovered and were discharged.

Two of the nurses who managed Mr. Sawyer were discharged Monday at the isolation centre in Lago, Mr. Chukwu said.

He said Nigeria has been able to curtail Ebola in the country.

All the 129 people who were under surveillance have completed the 21day observation incubation period and only one person was found to be symptomatic and is still being observed, he added.

More details to come…


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  • Concerned_9ja

    Awesome!!! Thanks to God, the FG and the LASG and all the wonderful volunteers and health workers. May God comfort the families of the Nigerian health workers that paid the ultimate price in treating and attending to Patrick Sawyer.

  • Dr. Kay

    Glory be to God. This is what happens when Naija works together without being partisan, parading ethnic bigotry and Religious sentiments .Naija will only be great only if all ethnic and religious differences are thrown out of the window and we start working together . If Ebola can make the national and state health officials work in unison imagine if this can be translated to other spheres of our polity. Once again congratulations to the Lagos and federal health authorities for an excellent job against all odds

  • akinware michael sunday

    Thanks to God, the FG and the LASG and all the wonderful health workers;This is what happens when Nigerians works together

  • humm

    Liar liar pants on fire. I wait for Lagos state to give the honest report not someone warming chair from Abuja. JOKER MINISTER

    • Braun

      Tribalist. How come the world press is quoting the minister rather than ur local champion. Shame.

      • solomon

        house boy governor in lagos

  • Enemona

    Yeeeeeesssssss! I love my country! Kudos to all the doctors and nurses braving it out there. Congrats to the Lagos state govt. and the ministry of health.

    Lesson learned: We must make heavy investment in biotech and medical research. Let’s create a centre of excellence in these areas. We must not celebrate until we learn from this.

  • Enemona

    I don’t want any pastor, imam or traditional ruler coming out to claim this victory. Being Nigeria, I expect some people to ascribe this to the ‘heavy’ prayers and the spiritual interventions. This was achieved through concerted and practical efforts on the part of serious Nigerians and no one should take that glory from them.

    Doctor Adadevoh comes to mind, may God rest her soul in perfect peace, she’s the heroine in all these. I pray our leaders are smart enough to confer on her a posthumous national award of the highest level. May God also console, bless and reward the family she left behind.

  • Fisayomi

    This is wonderful news. We should however not wait for near disasters to act concertedly and with vigour. I’m proud of all the efforts of the Volunteers, the First Responders (at the Airport and at First Consultant), the Federal Government and its partners, the Lagos State Government and its quick action. Congrats to everyone. It is however painful that we lost so many of our vibrant health workers in the line of duty and the ECOWAS driver who in his desire to assist a colleague was infected. May their souls rest in perfect peace – Proudly Nigerian.

  • Jossy

    God so much look us, but we do not seems to be conscious of this reality. There is nothing we agree in unity to do that we cannot be able to achieve perfect result, because God’s hand is mighty upon this country. Our problem however is selfishness. We do not love one another. If we can put selfishness and greed aside and embrace one another in love, I tell you Nigeria will rule the world.

  • Glover33

    Well this is definitely good news and I hope it is true

  • robo

    Good news , clap for them! The Chibok girls case would be as good as this if some people did not hold Presidency by telling them , ‘ there is no girl missing ‘ and therefore took 2 weeks before the ‘ comedy of waka’ on Chibok girls began.

  • Ade

    Lagos State well done!…this is not an FG result

    • Dre Peters

      Yes o, I’m with you on this.

  • Richard

    Good news ! I wish the remaining patient a quick recovery. The prayers of the saints shall not be in vain. I just hope the minister is telling us the truth.

  • True Nigerian

    Great credit to Jonathan’s government, Lagos State government, the Health Minister and his ministry officials, Nigeria’s frontline medical experts who paid some prices in order to battle this potential pandemic, the Nigerian media, Nigeria’s border officials (both air and land), the International teams sent by UN, US and Europe to help Nigeria and, importantly, the families of those who were affected – they put the governments under necessary pressure by telling us that the care that was being administered to their loved ones left so much to be desired. That revelation made the government to sit up.

    This is what we can achieve if we think with out brains rather than our
    anus. Maurice Iwu was never made for a political/electoral office. But
    Nigeria – the same country that turned Dora Akunyili, a professor of
    Pharmacology, into an information minister – also turned a virologist
    into an INEC chairman. Little wonder he became the most incompetent INEC
    chairman in history. But look at the result coming out when he is put
    into what he knows how to do.

    Just look at how much we can accomplish when our leaders face their tasks. Just imagine how and what Nigeria would be like if we as a people and our leaders insist on total service to our country and eschew mindless corruption, ethnicism, religious discrimination, impunity. Nigeria would daze the world and show that the black race is extra-ordinary.

    Now that we are almost out of danger, can Nigeria also please help Sierra-Leone, Liberia and Congo? We should be our brothers’ keepers in Africa. These countries need us. If we had not wasted decades in stealing our country to nakedness and opprobrium in the international community, our country would have been able to build the entire health infrastructure for these poor countries and also help in stabilising them against the foreign interests that are feasting on their destruction. Sierra-Leonians remain the only set of Africans who openly and humbly show Nigerians their gratitude for what our country did to bring peace and stability to their country.

  • Jason

    Guess We have to wait for another 21 days to confirm if it is totally curtailed. Still hope there are no hidden secondary contacts. If is is well managed and the Ebola threat ends like this wow that will be a +1 to Lagos state, the Nurses,Doctors and volunteers that curtailed the menace…