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Lagos nurse that attended to Liberian infected with Ebola is dead
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By Victor Iluyemi
August 6, 2014 11:27:53am GMT      |      Views: 1543
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WorldStage Newsonline-- One of the Nurses that attended to the Liberian infected with Ebola, Patrick Sawyer is dead, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu confirmed Wednesday in Abuja .

The female nurse who was yet to be named died on Tuesday at Obalande Lagos. She is the first known Nigerian to die of the virus.

Sawyer died on 25 of July few days after of his arrival in the country. He was sighted at the airport with signs  of the virus at the point of entry into the country.He was quickly isolated and a test conducted on him later confirmed that he had Ebola.

Prof. Onyebuchi had on Monday disclosed  that the Seventy people who had contact with  the Liberian are under surveillance. Out of each, eight are already under quarantine.

Briefing journalist on the latest development the minister also said that five other cases are currently being treated at the isolation ward in Lagos.

According to Onyebuchi,  “Yesterday, 5th August, 2014, the first known Nigerian to die of the EVD 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,” the minister said at a media briefing in Abuja. He said all the Nigerians diagnosed with Ebola were primary contacts of the index case ' the late Patrick Sawyer.

“The 24/7 emergency operations centre will be fully functional tomorrow. It will be headed by Dr Faisal Shuaibu as the incident manager. He will later today lead a six-man inter-agency team drawn from the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Lagos to complete the setting up of the centre. They will be joined by the other personnel from Lagos state government and the federal hospitals in the Lagos area as well as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“We are making arrangements to procure isolation tents to quicken the pace of providing isolation wards in all states of the federation and the federal capital territory. “We are also setting up a special team to provide counselling and psychosocial support to patients, identified contacts and their families,” he said. The minister reassured Nigerians the government “was working hard to ensure the containment of the outbreak”.

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