Lagos Nurse Dies of Ebola

. FG Confirms 7 More Cases
One of the Nigerian nurses who treated late Liberian Ebola patient, Patrick Sawyer at the First Foundation Hospital in Lagos is dead.
The development was confirmed on Wednesday by the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu. He disclosed that the nurse died on Tuesday. He went on to also state that seven other persons are down with the deadly Ebola Virus disease in Nigeria.
While speaking at a media briefing on Wednesday, Professor Chukwu said “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 fiove cases are currently being treated at the isolation ward in Lagos.”
He also made it known that all the Nigerians diagnosed with Ebola were primary contacts of the index case- the late Patrick Sawyer.
Speaking further, Professor Chukwu said “the 24/7 emergency operations centre will be fully functional tomorrow. It will be headed by Dr Faisal Shuaibi 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 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 counseling and psychosocial support to patients, identified contacts and their families.”
The Minister said the Federal Government is working hard to ensure that the outbreak of the disease is contained.

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