by Kolapo Olapoju
A Nigerian nurse who was infected with the Ebola virus reportedly died on Tuesday, 5 August.
The female nurse, who is yet unnamed, worked at a hospital at Obalende, Lagos.
The minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, confirmed this at a media briefing in Abuja, while also stating that seven other cases of Ebola virus have been recorded.
He said, “Yesterday, 5th August, 2014, the first known Nigerian to die of the EVD was recorded and this was one of the nurses that attended to the Liberian. The other five cases are currently being treated at the isolation ward in Lagos.
He also added that the Nigerians diagnosed with Ebola were primary contacts of the first case ─ the late Patrick Sawyer.
“We are making arrangements to procure isolation tents to quicken the pace of providing isolation wards in all states of the federation and the federal capital territory. “We are also setting up a special team to provide counselling and psychosocial support to patients, identified contacts and their families,” he said.
The minister reassured Nigerians the government is working hard to ensure the outbreak is contained.