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ECOWAS press release cites Ebola death of an ECOWAS Lagos protocol staff member, Jatto Abdulqudir, who had contact with Patrick Sawyer in Lagos.

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The Economic Community of West African State [ECOWAS] has announced the death of one of its staff, Jatto Abdulqudir, of the dreaded Ebola virus.

The death of the ECOWAS official has now brought to three the number of people who died of Ebola in Nigeria. The first two were Mr. Sawyer, who brought the Ebola virus into Nigeria, and one of the nurses who treated him at the First Consultant Hospital in Lagos.

Read ECOWAS full statement on the passing of the late Mr. Abdulqudir below.

“The ECOWAS Commission announces with deep regret the passing of a staff member of its Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, aged 36. “Mr. Abdulqudir, a Protocol Assistant, was among those who assisted the Liberian delegate to a regional meeting Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who died from the Ebola Virus Disease at a Lagos hospital on 25th July 2014. “Mr. Abdulqudir had been under quarantine following that sad incident. “The Commission wishes to use this opportunity to express its gratitude to Nigerian government authorities and others who contributed to managing the late official while under quarantine. The Management of the Commission wishes to commiserate with Mr. Abdulqudir’s family and colleagues and prays for the repose of his soul. “Before this sad event, the Commission working in collaboration with Nigerian health authorities, had disinfected all the facilities of the ECOWAS Lagos Liaison Office as part of precautionary measures to safeguard the health, safety and security of staff members, and will continue to monitor the situation. “Management has also intensified awareness campaign among staff on the deadly virus and uses this opportunity to invoke the spirit of solidarity and mutual assistance. “The Commission wishes to reassure staff of all Community Institutions all over the entire region that it is taking all necessary steps to guarantee their health and safety. “Furthermore, Management enjoins all staff members and community citizens in general to intensify the observance of personal hygiene. They should also report any suspected case to health facilities and seek medical advice or attention for the effective containment and defeat of the Ebola disease. “On the directive of regional leaders, ECOWAS has already set up a Solidarity Fund to fight the disease and has solicited the support contribution of Member States and development partners to the Fund to rid the region of the virus. “The ECOWAS Commission wishes to reiterate its continued commitment to support Member States in confronting this deadly virus.” - See more at: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/166 ... oj9ZS.dpuf

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#BREAKING ECOWAS official dies from Ebola in Nigeria, says regional bloc

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Ebola victim’s delegation visited Calabar – ECOWAS VP
By Bankole Jamgbadi on August 8, 2014@todayngr

The ECOWAS Vice President Dr. Toga Gayewea, yesterday said that the late Liberian Patrick Sawyer — Nigeria’s first Ebola case — who died in Lagos on July 25, came into Nigeria as a member of the Liberian delegation to an ECOWAS conference in Calabar.

Dr. Toga Gayewea said the delegation members, who had contact with Sawyer were in Calabar for the conference. This has widened the contact persons, who are to be tracked because members of the delegation who had contact with Sawyer also had contact with other people at the conference, who are also susceptible to the virus.

According to reports from The Nation, the ECOWAS Chief spoke in Abuja at the briefing for the Diplomatic Mission by Health Minister Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu. The briefing was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Chukwu spoke on the danger posed by likely virus carriers moving about unhindered and concern against indiscriminate wearing of gloves. “Some primary contacts against our advice even left Lagos to other cities. So, everyone can be at risk. That is the message, everyone is indeed at risk. “If you say let us wear the protective gloves and walk the streets of Lagos, it will frighten the whole community. So, it is pretty difficult…

The ECOWAS Vice President said: “At the airport upon his arrival, when there was detection in his failing health, our protocol officers that had gone to meet with delegates immediately took action in collaboration with Nigerian authorities on the ground and he was taken to the hospital. So, there was no time that he went into Calabar but it is true that he flew on the plane with people who went into Calabar and who had interacted with him.

“As we speak, our officers, protocol officers, the driver and the head of our protocol department are all under careful observation and we hope that some other good news will come out from there but currently, we are monitoring their situation very closely.”

Onyebuchi said between the aircraft and the hospital, the number of people who had contact with Sawyer was unknown. He added that those involved in attending to Sawyer two days before the test result came out were not protected. He said not until after the test result confirmed that it was the deadly virus that precaution was taken.

The minister who sounded a note of warning said the situation right now had assumed a global emergency as everyone is at risk. He said: “Indeed, this is coming from a Liberian citizen who is also an American. The family said he resided in America and he was expected to return to America for the celebration of his baby’s birthday. This tells us that if only the incubation period shifted a little bit, he would have come here, attended the ECOWAS meeting in Calabar and would have returned to the United States and probably it would have started manifesting in the United States. So, this means the whole world is in danger.

“The two statements I want to make and if that is the only thing you will remember today, that will be sufficient for me; firstly, indeed, we have an emergency in our hands, for me, it is a national emergency but for all of us, it is a global emergency. Secondly, everyone is at risk, every nation is at risk and every individual is at risk. “We do know that 18 days ago, it landed on the shores of Nigeria and of course because of the way it came, nobody at the airport was on the alert even though we were on red alert, terrorism was the foremost on the minds of people and not this form of viral terrorism and so, quite a number of people between the aircraft to the hospital and even initially at the hospital, as we know, were not really protected.

Protection started two days later, i.e. standard protection started two days later after diagnosis was certain and obvious to everyone. “We were able to obtain the manifest from the airline, the only problem we had with this manifest was that, the sitting was free except of course the pilot sit. So, it made what we wanted to do a little bit more complex.

We classify the passengers that traveled with him on two different flights, from Monrovia to Lome and Lome to Nigeria. “We decided later that all those on that plane should be considered as contacts, some of them left subsequently on another flight to another place but all those who landed in Nigeria were placed under surveillance. We have also had challenges with this surveillance, because one or two tried to hide from us and it was not easy looking for somebody you have already labelled as carrying the disease no matter how you explain to those who will go after him.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:29 pm 
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12 August 2014 [Abuja-Nigeria]
ECOWAS LOSES STAFF AT LAGOS LIAISON OFFICE

The ECOWAS Commission announces with deep regret the passing of a staff member
of its Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, aged 36.

Mr. Abdulqudir, a Protocol Assistant was among those who assisted the Liberian
delegate to a regional meeting Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who died from the Ebola Virus
Disease at a Lagos hospital on 25th July 2014.

Mr. Abdulqudir had been under quarantine following that sad incident.

The Commission wishes to use this opportunity to express its gratitude to
Nigerian government authorities and others who contributed to managing the late
official while under quarantine.

The Management of the Commission wishes to commiserate with Mr. Abdulqudir’s
family and colleagues and prays for the repose of his soul.

Before this sad event, the Commission working in collaboration with Nigerian
health authorities, had disinfected all the facilities of the ECOWAS Lagos
Liaison Office as part of precautionary measures to safeguard the health, safety
and security of staff members, and will continue to monitor the situation.

Management has also intensified awareness campaign among staff on the deadly
virus and uses this opportunity to invoke the spirit of solidarity and mutual
assistance.

The Commission wishes to reassure staff of all Community Institutions all over
the entire region that it is taking all necessary steps to guarantee their
health and safety.

Furthermore, Management enjoins all staff members and community citizens in
general to intensify the observance of personal hygiene. They should also report
any suspected case to health facilities and seek medical advice or attention for
the effective containment and defeat of the Ebola disease.

On the directive of regional leaders, ECOWAS has already set up a Solidarity
Fund to fight the disease and has solicited the support contribution of Member
States and development partners to the Fund to rid the region of the virus.

The ECOWAS Commission wishes to reiterate its continued commitment to support
Member States in confronting this deadly virus.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:37 pm 
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ECOWAS announces death of official, who recieved Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, dies of Ebola in Lagos

on August 12, 2014 / in News 11:15 pm / Comments


Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS] has announced the death of one of its staff, Jatto Abdulqudir, who died of the dreaded Ebola virus.

The death of the ECOWAS official has now brought to three the number of people who died of Ebola in Nigeria.

The first two were Mr. Sawyer, who brought the Ebola virus into Nigeria, and one of the nurses who treated him at the First Consultant Hospital in Lagos.

Read ECOWAS full statement on the passing of the late Mr. Abdulqudir below.

“The ECOWAS Commission announces with deep regret the passing of a staff member of its Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, aged 36.

“Mr. Abdulqudir, a Protocol Assistant, was among those who assisted the Liberian delegate to a regional meeting Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who died from the Ebola Virus Disease at a Lagos hospital on 25th July 2014.

“Mr. Abdulqudir had been under quarantine following that sad incident.

“The Commission wishes to use this opportunity to express its gratitude to Nigerian government authorities and others who contributed to managing the late official while under quarantine. The Management of the Commission wishes to commiserate with Mr. Abdulqudir’s family and colleagues and prays for the repose of his soul.

“Before this sad event, the Commission working in collaboration with Nigerian health authorities, had disinfected all the facilities of the ECOWAS Lagos Liaison Office as part of precautionary measures to safeguard the health, safety and security of staff members, and will continue to monitor the situation.

“Management has also intensified awareness campaign among staff on the deadly virus and uses this opportunity to invoke the spirit of solidarity and mutual assistance.

“The Commission wishes to reassure staff of all Community Institutions all over the entire region that it is taking all necessary steps to guarantee their health and safety.

“Furthermore, Management enjoins all staff members and community citizens in general to intensify the observance of personal hygiene. They should also report any suspected case to health facilities and seek medical advice or attention for the effective containment and defeat of the Ebola disease.

“On the directive of regional leaders, ECOWAS has already set up a Solidarity Fund to fight the disease and has solicited the support contribution of Member States and development partners to the Fund to rid the region of the virus.

“The ECOWAS Commission wishes to reiterate its continued commitment to support Member States in confronting this deadly virus.”

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August 12 23:38 2014 An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission who had primary contact with late Liberian-American Patirkc Sawyer, has died. The death of the official – 36-year-old Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir – was announced by the commission on Tuesday night. More to follow…

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The dreaded Ebola virus is a health emergency and a “destructive element” in the region’s march towards socio-economic development, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Commission Vice President, Toga McIntosh, said on Monday.

The Ebola virus, which is ravaging member countries of ECOWAS, including Nigeria, has killed over 900 persons since it surfaced in Guinea in March 2014.

In a brief to the international community on the Nigerian Government’s response to the epidemic, Mr. McIntosh said at a forum by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja that the Ebola challenge to ECOWAS could only be faced through solidarity, working together and integrated responses. The vice President used the opportunity to convey the condolences of the Commission to families of the West Africans who have died of the disease. “We are saddened and grieved by the loss of lives from the outbreak and stand by any action taken by the Federal Government of Nigeria in response to the outbreak,” he said.

While commending Nigeria for the vigorous response to the outbreak so far, Mr. McIntosh told participants at the forum, which included members of the Diplomatic Corps and other stakeholders, of the Solidarity Fund set up to enable the region combat the outbreak. He assured that ECOWAS would continue to work with member states to fight the spread of the disease, adding that he was optimistic of the contribution by development partners to the Fund.

As precautionary and preventive measure, he said the Commission has suspended its meetings involving officials from member states, while its Lagos Liaison Office has been disinfected.

He said the Commission has also set up an inter-institutional task force to coordinate its internal response with various measures also put in place to protect staff.

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Lagos (AFP) - An ECOWAS official has died from Ebola in Nigeria, the West African regional bloc said on Tuesday, taking the total number of deaths in the country from the virus to three.

"The ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Commission announces with deep regret the passing of a staff member of its Lagos Liason Office, Mr Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, aged 36," it said in a statement.

"Mr Abdulqudir, a protocol assistant, was among those who assisted the Liberian delegate to a regional meeting Mr Patrick Sawyer, who died from the Ebola Virus Disease at a Lagos hospital on 25th July 2014."

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August 12 23:38 2014
by TheCable

An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission who had primary contact with late Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, has died. The death of the official – 36-year-old Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir – was announced by the commission on Tuesday night. Announcing the death “with deep regret”, the commission identified Abdulqudir as a protocol assistant, who was among those who assisted the Liberian delegate Sawyer to a regional meeting, before his eventual passing from Ebola at a Lagos hospital on 25th July 2014.

“Mr. Abdulqudir had been under quarantine following that sad incident,” read a statement from the commission. “The commission wishes to use this opportunity to express its gratitude to Nigerian government authorities and others who contributed to managing the late official while under quarantine. “The management of the commission wishes to commiserate with Mr. Abdulqudir’s family and colleagues and prays for the repose of his soul. “Before this sad event, the commission, working in collaboration with Nigerian health authorities, had disinfected all the facilities of the ECOWAS Lagos Liaison Office as part of precautionary measures to safeguard the health, safety and security of staff members, and will continue to monitor the situation.” It said it had also intensified awareness campaign among staff on the deadly virus and was using the opportunity to invoke the spirit of solidarity and mutual assistance. “The commission wishes to reassure staff of all community institutions all over the entire region that it is taking all necessary steps to guarantee their health and safety,” the statement continued. “Furthermore, management enjoins all staff members and community citizens in general to intensify the observance of personal hygiene. They should also report any suspected case to health facilities and seek medical advice or attention for the effective containment and defeat of the Ebola disease.

“On the directive of regional leaders, ECOWAS has already set up a Solidarity Fund to fight the disease and has solicited the support contribution of Member States and development partners to the Fund to rid the region of the virus.

“The ECOWAS Commission wishes to reiterate its continued commitment to support Member States in confronting this deadly virus.” Abdulqudir’s death means three people have now died in Nigeria of Ebola, following the death of Sawyer in July as well as last week’s death of a nurse who attended to him in lagos.

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