President Goodluck Jonathan Monday described late Patrick Sawyer actions as pure ‘madness’ and craziness.
Jonathan made the statement at the annual Interfaith Conference in Abuja. The president who expressed his disappointment with the way and manner Sawyer brought Ebola to Nigeria assured citizens that government is ready to stop the disease.
“As a government, we promise that we will do everything humanly possible to contain the Ebola virus.
Late Patrick Sawyer and daughter….separated forever by Ebola
Jonathan informed the gathering that the federal government planned to rally the 36 states governors and their Commissioners of Health to rescue the nation from further spread of the disease.
“On Wednesday, I will meet with governor of the states, and they must come along with their commissioners of Health. We must make sure that every state is prepared, where they lack, the federal government will support them,”
The president said that his discussion with the head of WHO has given him more information about the virus assured the gathering that the virus will be stopped from causing more harm.
“My conversation with the WHO DG, Dr Margaret Chan was revealing, she said 60 per cent of the transmission was spread during burials. That is why in my announcement, I’ve been saying that people should be careful about burials.”
“Some people like burial ceremonies. This is not the time for burial ceremony, somebody is dead, he is dead, leave him there. This is not the best time for those ceremonies.”
“If he is dead, he is already dead, Sawyer that brought this Ebola to Nigeria; his sister died of Ebola. And he started acting somehow, his country asked him not to leave the country, let them observe him, but the crazy man decided to leave and found his way here.”
Meanwhile, the federal government Monday said one new case was recorded over the weekend, bringing the number to 10.
Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu stated this Monday in a press conference on the update of the Ebola Virus Disease(EVD).
Chukwu, said “it has been 22 days since EVD first landed in Nigeria. As at today, 177 primary and secondary contacts of the index case have been placed under surveillance or isolation. 9 developed EVD, bringing the total number of cases in Nigeria to 10. Of these 10, 2 have died (the Liberian American and the Nigerian nurse) while 8 are alive and currently on treatment.”