Nigerian’s health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu has today confirmed the first recorded death from Ebola in Port Harcourt.
It would be recalled that yesterday it was unofficially reported that the doctor whose name is yet to be provided died August 22 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, from the deadly tropical virus.
The top Nigerian health official confirmed August 28 the information:
“This primary contact of Mr. Sawyer’s evaded our surveillance team in the last week of July 2014 and traveled out of Lagos to Port Harcourt where, as we now understand, he consulted with a doctor and was apparently treated for some symptoms.”
“Following the report of this death by the doctor’s widow the next day, the case had been thoroughly investigated and laboratory analysis showed that this doctor died from Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).”
The deceased secretly treated a diplomat who had contacted the first Ebola victim in Nigeria, Patrick Sawyer (the index case). It was also confirmed that the man’s wife and 70 more people were placed under surveillance.