Nigerian Female Nurse Dies From Ebola Virus Infection as 7 New Cases are Confirmed By Federal Government
Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has announced today August 6th at a news conference in Abuja that a Nigerian nurse has died from the Ebola Virus. He also added that the nurse worked at the Lagos hospital where Liberian Patrick Sawyer was treated. According to him, she died yesterday August 5th. He also revealed that five medical practitioners who interacted with Sawyer have been confirmed to have contracted the deadly Ebola virus
"Nigeria has now in total recorded seven confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease. The first one was the imported case from Liberia of which the victim is now late. Yesterday, 5th August, 2014, the first known Nigerian to die of the Ebola Virus 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 said
The Minister noted that all Nigerians diagnosed with the disease had primary contact with the late Liberian man. He then announced the appointment of Prof. O. Onajole, of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, who will be based in Lagos, as the Director, Communication and Community Mobilisation for the Ebola Virus Disease.