Nigerian Doctor Who Treated Liberian Ebola Victim Tests Positive to the Virus
The medical doctor who carried out treatment on the late Patrick Sawyer, who died of Ebola virus on July 25, has exhibited symptoms of the deadly disease.
Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said this on Monday in Abuja during a periodic briefing organised by his ministry to update Nigerians on the latest development on the deadly disease.
The minister, however, said the Federal Government had not been able to confirm whether the medical doctor has actually been infected with the disease
The doctor treated Patrick Sawyer, who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, then collapsed after he got off a plane to Nigeria and died July 25. Sawyer, 40, was a naturalized American citizen who lived in Minneapolis and was working as a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry.
Sawyer was traveling to Nigeria on business and grew ill on the plane. Nigerian authorities took him into isolation but did not quarantine his fellow passengers, and they have insisted that the risk of additional cases was minimal.
Mr. Chukwu said a total of 70 Nigerians who came in contact with the late Sawyer, including two other medical personnel who treated him, had been quarantined and placed under surveillance.
He assured members of the public that the federal government was doing everything within its powers to stop the outbreak of the disease in the country but enjoined everybody to embrace good hygiene and constantly wash their hands.
Chukwu said, “All those who had contact with the late Sawyer depending on the level of contact are still being traced and being invited everyday and they are placed under surveillance just to ensure that the spread of disease is curtailed.”
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