by Emmanuel Chidiogo
At least 59 people who had contact with the late Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who died from complications as a result of the Ebola virus in Lagos, have been placed under close surveillance.
This was announced by the state’s commissioner for health, Dr. Jide Idris at a press conference in Alausa, Monday evening.
Idris, who said the measure was geared towards preventing the spread of the virus, assured residents that there was no cause for alarm.
“So far a total of 59 contacts have been registered consisting 44 hospital contacts, 38 healthcare workers and six laboratory staff. Others are 15 airport contacts comprising three Economic Communities of West African States (ECOWAS) staff-driver, Liaison, and Protocol officer, Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, two nursing staff and five airport passenger handlers.
“As of the time of this report, 20 contacts had been physically screened of which 50 percent type one contact and 50 percent had type two contacts,” he added.
Dr.Idris noted that the precise number of passenger contacts could not yet be ascertained as manifest of the Asky Airline Flight No KP50 that brought Mr. Sawyer into the country had not been provided by the airline as at the time the press conference began.
He pointed out that two flights were involved (Monrovia-Lome and Lome-Lagos), noting that there was no medical report filed for either flight.