We are sorry Patrick Sawyer brought Ebola to Nigeria – Liberia apologises

by Kolapo Olapoju

 

The Liberian Government has apologised to the Nigeria government over the case of Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, who knowingly brought the deadly Ebola Virus into Nigeria.

Mr. Nurudeem Mohammed, the Liberian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, told the press in Abuja on Thursday, 7 August, that President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson was sorry that Sawyer brought the virus to Nigeria.

Mohammed said, “The Liberian President has personally called to apologise on the unfortunate development. She specifically said her country had declared a state of emergency over the Ebola epidermic in Liberia. She equally apologised that Sawyer ignored medical advice and escaped out of Liberia.”

Sawyer arrived Lagos on 20 July from Lome and came into contact with 59 people in both the Murtala Mohammed International Airport and the hospital in Obalende, where he died five days later.

Eight of the hospital personel who came in contact with him were quarantined at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba. One of them, a matron, died on Tuesday, 12 August, becoming the first Nigerian recorded death from the Ebola virus disease.

Five others, including a female medical doctor have reportedly tested positive to the virus.

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