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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Nigeria records first Ebola survivor

This piece of news will definitely bring a bit of relief to panic stricken Nigerians as reports say the doctor who treated Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought Ebola into Nigeria, at First Consultant Hospital, and was subsequently infected with the virus, has recovered and has since been discharged from the Isolation centre in Lagos.

Ameyo Adadevoh, a senior consultant, was the first Nigerian infected with the virus and had  been receiving treatment at the Isolation centre.

The Director of Communication and Community Mobilisation for the Nigerian Emergency Operation Centre on Ebola Virus Disease, Adebayo Onajole confirmed that Adadevoh had been discharged.

Meanwhile the Punch Newspaper reports that the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the patient had been declared fit and discharged from hospital.

The paper adds that the minister who made the confirmation in an interview with journalists in Lagos on Saturday said the patient was asked to go home after all the necessary medical examinations were carried out.

“The total number of Ebola cases now stands at 12, while the number of deaths remains four. The people under surveillance in Lagos are now 189, while six are in Enugu, in South-East Nigeria,” he said.

The minister also announced that the drug, Nano Silva, which was thought could be used to treat Ebola patients in Nigeria, was said not to have met the requirements of the National Health Research ethics code.

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