Thirty-eight days after the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) recorded its first victim with the death of visiting Liberian/American Patrick Sawyer, the Federal Government announced Tuesday it has contained EVD. The authorities said the last patient’s condition was stable.
A statement signed by Mr Dan Nwomeh, Special Assistant to the Health Minister, said, “as of today, (August 26, 2014,) Nigeria has 13 cases of EVD including the index case.
“Of these 13, five including the index case unfortunately did not survive the disease and are now late. However, seven of the infected persons were successfully managed at the isolation ward in Lagos and have been discharged.
“Two of the treated patients, a male doctor and a female nurse were discharged yesterday evening, (August 25, 2014) having satisfied the criteria for discharge.
“As I speak to you, Nigeria has only one confirmed case of EVD, a secondary contact of Mr. Patrick Sawyer and spouse of one of the physicians who participated in the management of the index case. She is stable but still on treatment at the isolation ward in Lagos.
“So far, all the reported cases of the EVD in Nigeria have their root in the index case, the late Mr Sawyer. This is an indication that, thus far, Nigeria has contained the disease outbreak.
“I wish to reassure Nigerians and indeed the global community that the government shall remain vigilant and will not relent as government continues to work with her partners to ensure that the disease is kept out of the country,” he said.
Last week, Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadavoh, who treated Mr Sawyer when he was brought to First Consultants Hospital, Lagos, died on account of her contact with him. The Federal Government praised the late Dr Adadevoh for her patriotism and laying her life to stop Sawyer from escaping from the hospital, which could result in possible epidemic in the country.
As part of measures to control the transmission of the deadly virus, the Federal Government has banned movement of corpses from states. It urged members of the public to observe hygiene by washing their hands with running water and soap. On its part, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has advised transporters nation-wide against overloading their vehicles with passengers. It advised commuters to reduce body contacts by refusing to board overloaded vehicles.