The Federal Government on Thursday confirmed the death of a second nurse who had primary contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian who became the first person to die of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria. Meanwhile, it was also announced that the Federal Government has received an experimental drug to treat victims of the disease. The drug,Nanosilver was received from a Nigerian scientist.
It was contained in a statement signed by the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu that the nurse is the fourth person to have died of Ebola in the country.
The Minister disclosed that the nurse was one of those who had contact with the Liberian at the First Consultants Hospital, Obalende, Lagos.
The statement reads in part: “the fourth death recorded today was a Nigerian nurse who participated in the initial management of the index case. We have now recorded 10 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease. Out of these, four have died and eight are currently under treatment.”
He also made it known that there was an error in the number of confirmed cases given to journalists earlier. He said “it is important to note that the number of confirmed cases remains 10 as at today and not 11 as earlier announced this morning. We regret the error which arose from double counting in the process of communicating the additional death from the operational centre in Lagos to the Federal Ministry of Health.”
Street Journal’s findings revealed that the deceased nurse was one of the people that helped Sawyer when he was vomiting and stooling while on admission.