. Discharged From Hospital
Nigeria has recorded its first Ebola survivor as the doctor who treated Patrick Sawyer, at First Consultant Hospital, and was subsequently infected with the virus, has recovered and has since been discharged from the Isolation centre in Lagos.
Sawyer, a Liberian became the first person to die as a result of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria. The Doctor became the first Nigerian to be infected with the virus after Sawyer brought it into Nigeria in late July. He has been receiving treatment in Lagos since then.
The Director of Communication and Community Mobilisation for the Nigerian Emergency Operation Centre on Ebola Virus Disease, Adebayo Onajole, confirmed that the doctor had been discharged.
He did not give details as he stated that Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, the Minister of Health would hold a press conference to fully brief the media about the doctor’s recovery.
The Minister corroborated the Director’s statement during his briefing as he disclosed that five other patients have almost fully recovered.
Though he did not disclose the medicine used, Professor Chukwu said “we kept to international standard of managing the case and we are happy she was screened and re-screened over the stipulated period by World health organization (WHO) and confirmed free of any trace of Ebola virus.
The EOC has advised me to announce that the first Nigerian to be confirmed to have Ebola virus disease has this evening been discharged from the isolation unit at the Mainland Hospital, Lagos. I have consulted with the experts, and they say clearly that there is a discharge protocol that was employed for this particular patient.
It has been followed strictly and was concluded today and what you are getting now is the final outcome. Ordinarily if she had been afflicted with another illness she would have been discharged long before now.”
The discharge of the patient was sequel to series of laboratory tests and investigations that certified her fit to leave the Emergency Operation Centre.
The Doctor was among the six people receiving treatment at the designated treatment centre in Lagos. So far the disease has claimed the lives of three Nigerians who had contact with Mr. Sawyer.