Nigerian nurse dies of Ebola virus

Nigerian nurse dies of Ebola virus
August 06
10:03 2014

The Nigerian nurse who was infected with the Ebola virus died on Tuesday, minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, has said.

Seven new cases have also been confirmed, two days after the minister confirmed that a Nigerian doctor who treated the Liberian-American patient had also caught the virus.

The female nurse, who is yet unnamed, worked at a hospital at Obalende, Lagos.

“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”.



  1. Olanrewaju
    Olanrewaju August 06, 11:05

    Eventhough the entry of the index case could have been prevented, part of our culture of denial. It is not my portion IJN. so far good effort by both FG & Lagos State.

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    • gogo
      gogo August 06, 12:10

      Nigeria govt should do more to prevent this deadly virus spreading. Save us please.

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  2. Godwin
    Godwin August 06, 11:20

    GOD will deliver us for He is the only source of solution. Let’s be prayerful, comply to simple hygience laws and make our health system more proactive. There is hope, our LORD JESUS is on the throne, HE will surely deliver us. Praise God!

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  3. Sylvie
    Sylvie August 06, 12:10

    This is bad

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  4. Keppy
    Keppy August 06, 14:11

    God pls help us. Show ur mercy oh Lord in dis #Ebola virus

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  5. OLU
    OLU August 06, 23:12

    What is bad in asking those under watch to eat some bitter kola/ it can do no harm and you never know!

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