by Kolapo Olapoju
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has confirmed that the total number of cases of the Ebola virus disease in Nigeria has risen to 18. The latest patient is the sister of the Port Harcourt doctor, Samuel Enemuo, who recently died of EVD.
The Minister’s spokesperson, Dan Nwomeh, announced this and added that the the number of patients who have been discharged is eight, while the number of deaths from Ebola stands at 7.
Prof. Chukwu denied stories that cases of Ebola have been recorded outside Lagos and Port Harcourt. He said that the blood sample of the suspected case in Zaria has been sent for testing.
He said, “The total number of confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria is now 18. The 18th confirmed case is the sister of the late Port Harcourt doctor. The total number of cases successfully managed and discharged is now eight.
“The last case to be discharged, the first secondary contact to be diagnosed and a spouse of a primary contact of the index case, went home from the isolation ward in Lagos yesterday (Tuesday). The 9th survivor is the ECOWAS Commission official, who jumped surveillance in Lagos and travelled to Port Harcourt, where he infected the doctor who attended to him.”
“The total number of deaths from Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria is now 7. One, the index case occurred in a private hospital in Lagos four in the Lagos isolation ward; one in the Port Harcourt isolation ward (the female patient who was on admission in the same hospital where the late Port Harcourt doctor was also admitted), while another one was the doctor who was infected by the ECOWAS Commission official in Port Harcourt and who did not come under the care and management of the Incident Management Committee.”
“The total number of EVD patients currently under treatment is two, one in the Lagos isolation ward and another one in the Port Harcourt isolation ward.”
“The total number of contacts currently under surveillance in Lagos is 41, while Port Harcourt is 255. The total number of contacts discharged in Lagos after they were observed for 21 days is 320,” he added.
The virus got to Port Harcourt through a medical doctor, who contracted the virus from one of the primary contact of the index (first)case (Mr. Patrick Sawyer).
The doctor, Dr Iyke Enemoah got the virus from Olu Koye, a Nigerian diplomat with the Economic Community of West African States, who travelled to Rivers state for treatment with Enemoah.
Koye had been quarantined among other people for having primary contact with the late Dr. Sawyer, the Liberian-American who transmuted the Ebola virus into Nigeria, but he managed to sneaked out of the isolation unit where he was being observed and took a flight to Port Harcourt.
Not less than 1,427 people have reportedly died and 2,615 have been infected since the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.