FG Says 21 Suspected Cases Of Ebola Reported In Enugu

Ebola DoctorsTwenty-one persons are suspected to have contracted the Ebola Virus Disease and are under surveillance  in Enugu State,  South east  Nigeria.

After a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, told reporters that one of the nurses, who had contact with the index patient, late Patrick Sawyer, had traveled to Enugu State contrary to instructions and had had contact with the 21 persons.

According to Mr Maku, 198 Nigerians have been traced to have contacted the virus. While 177 are in Lagos, 21 persons in Enugu are being watched.

The FEC devoted this week’s meeting to the efforts being made to combat the Ebola Virus which entered Nigeria some 23 days ago and had been declared a National Emergency.

At the meeting, the Minister of Health, Dr Onyebuchi Chukwu, told the council that Nigerians had been on the alert even before late Sawyer entered Lagos with the virus.

He told reporters that he was in touch with all the Commissioners for Health and that the Governors of the 36 states and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory had been called for a meeting with the President, an indication that the government was taking the case serious.

He said a committee had been set up to handle the claims by many Nigerians that they have a cure for the ailment and called on Nigerians not to panic, as the government was in touch with the rest of the world on the possible cure for the disease.

The Nigerian government had requested for an untested drug, Zmapp, believed to be efficient in the treatment of Ebola virus from the United States but had not gotten any concrete response.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization supported the use of untested drugs for the treatment of the disease, which the Nigerian government said its outbreak was a National Emergency.

As part of efforts to contain the disease, which had claimed three lives in Lagos State, President Goodluck Jonathan had set up an intervention plan with 1.9 billion Naira approved for the control of the disease.

The Federal Government had urged those who had primary contact with the index patient to report themselves so that they could be quarantined.

FG Says Two More Nigerians Have Been Confirmed With Ebola Virus Disease

Ebola virus diseaseThe Federal Government has announced that two more Nigerians have been confirmed to have contracted the Ebola virus disease.

So far, three Nigerians have contracted the Ebola virus disease, and health experts say case fatality for Nigeria is 28.6%.

A total of 139 contacts have been put on surveillance.



Sierra-Leonean Doctor Contracts Ebola, Called National Hero

ebola diseaseThe Head doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone has been affected and is being treated for the same virus.

Sheik Umar Khan, who tested positive has been admitted in Kailahun Government Hospital in the Eastern district of Sierra Leone.

Khan, a Sierra Leonean virologist credited with treating more than 100 Ebola victims, has been transferred to a treatment ward run by Medicines Sans Frontiers, according to a statement released late on Tuesday by the Sirleaf Ellen-Johnson’s office.

The Health Minister, Miatta Kargbo, who was in tears when she heard the news called Khan a “ National Hero”, and promised to “do anything and everything in my power to ensure he survives”.

Khan told Reuters late in June that he was worried about contracting Ebola.

“I am afraid for my life, I must say, because I cherish my life,” he said in an interview, showing no signs of ill health.

Three days ago, three nurses working in the same Ebola treatment centre alongside Khan, died from the disease which resulted to Nurses strike.

“Health workers are prone to the disease because we are the first port of call for somebody who is sickened by disease. Even with the full protective clothing you put on, you are at risk.”

The Ebola outbreak started in Guinea’s remote southeast in February and has since spread across the region. Symptoms of the highly infectious disease are diarrhoea, vomiting and internal and external bleeding.

More than 630 people have died of Ebola in the three West African states since the outbreak began, United Nations’ figures show.

It is the world’s deadliest outbreak to date and there is no cure for Ebola but if patients receive early treatment, they have a better chance of survival.