Nigeria A Week Away From Being Officially Ebola-Free

Nigeria A Week Away From Being Officially Ebola-Free

By Joseph Emmanuel | Staff Reporter on October 15, 2014
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Nigeria shall be officially declared an Ebola free country by Wednesday, October 22, 2014  after successfully containing the disease that has killed more than 4,000 people across the world.

A total of 20 people were infected in Nigeria and 8 of them died but there has been no new case confirmed since Monday, September 8, 2014.

This means the last case is less than a week short of the 42-day period needed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to confirm Nigeria has successfully contained Ebola outbreak.

Nigeria recorded her first Ebola case in July, 2014 when a Liberian-American development representative, Patrick Sawyer, collapsed in the arrival hall of Murhitala Mohammed Airport in Lagos.

Before health care workers could diagnose his illness as Ebola virus, he had already exposed 72 airplane passengers and three nurses with the infectious disease.

Knowing the fatality of the disease, the staff at the clinic caring for Sawyer refused to let him leave despite pressure he minted on them.

First Consultants Medical Centre, the medical outfit in Lagos which restrained Sawyer from spreading the virus, recorded 11 infected workers as their family members also contracted Ebola and four died.

One of the nurses who died was a newly recruited pregnant lady who just resumed duty on that same day.

About 900 people were monitored as secondary contact out of which 362 were in Lagos and 529 in Port Harcourt. They were traced and monitored for symptoms for 21 days to ensure they had not contracted Ebola.

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