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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:07 pm 
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Ebola: ECOWAS Announces The Death Of Another Nigerian
August 12, 2014 Olawande Meyungbo

The Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) has announced the death of one of their staff who worked for the Lagos Liaison Office of the ECOWAS headquarters.

The 36-year-old man identified as Mr. Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, was among those who assisted the late Liberian, Patrick Sawyerr, when he came to Lagos for a regional meeting and was quarantined after Sawyerr died of the deadly disease.

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

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“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 9:13 pm 
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Nigeria records third Ebola death, an ECOWAS official
Aug 13 2014 - 1:20am

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 Liaison 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.”

The official had been quarantined since Sawyer was confirmed as having Ebola, which has killed more than 1,000 people since the start of the year, most of them in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

“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,” it added.

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

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday branded Sawyer a “madman” for bringing Ebola into Nigeria, despite his sister having died from it and that he reportedly displayed symptoms before getting on a flight to Lagos.

A nurse who treated him died of Ebola last week, while tests last weekend confirmed that another had also contracted the virus.

As of August 9, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there were 13 probable or suspected cases of Ebola in Nigeria, including two deaths.

The Nigerian government had a lower figure of 10 confirmed cases, including two deaths, as of Monday, with more than a hundred people being monitored for signs of the disease.

Sawyer was to have attended an ECOWAS meeting and Abdulqudir escorted him to hospital in the Ikoyi neighbourhood from Lagos airport, where he arrived on a flight from Monrovia via the Togolese capital, Lome.

It is understood he then returned to the ECOWAS offices on nearby Lagos Island.

The offices have been closed and disinfected as a precaution while staff have been informed of preventative measures to take, including seeking prompt medical advice in the event of illness.

ECOWAS on Monday warned that the outbreak threatened West Africa’s social and economic progress and has sought the support of all member states and partners to tackle the spread of Ebola.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:42 pm 
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Ebola Kills ECOWAS Staff Member Who Assisted Patrick Sawyer In Lagos

Abdulqudir was one of the 40 people under quarantine in Lagos following Sawyer's death. The Nigerian government claims there are ten cases of Ebola in Lagos, and 70 people, acccording to the Ministry of Health, are said to be under quarantine.
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AUG 12, 2014

The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, announced today the death of Jatto Abdulqudir, a member of its staff, from the Ebola virus. Abdulqudir is the third person in Nigeria to die of the disease, following the initial Liberian case, Patrick Sawyer, and a nurse who attended to him after he collapsed in Lagos.


In the below statement, released by ECOWAS today, the commission expressed gratitude to Nigerian government authorities and paid tribute to Mr. Abdulqudir, a protocol assistant, who was one of the principal staff members who worked with Patrick Sawyer. Abdulqudir was one of the 40 people under quaratantine in Lagos following Sawyer's death. The Nigerian government claims there are ten cases of Ebola in Lagos, and 70 people, acccording to the Ministry of Health, are said to be under quarantine.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:49 pm 
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The deadly Ebola virus has claimed another Nigerian life and it's that of Mr Jatto Abdulqudir,a staff of the Lagos Liason office of the Economic Community of West African State - ECOWAS headquarters.

Ecowas confirmed the death of 36 year old Jatto through a statement released this evening. According to the statement, Jatto was among the people that assisted the late Patrick Sawyer to the hospital and was quarantined after Sawyer was diagnosed with Ebola.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:54 pm 
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LAGOS -- 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 Liaison 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."

The official had been quarantined since Sawyer was confirmed as having Ebola, which has killed more than 1,000 people since the start of the year, most of them in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

"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," it added.

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

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday branded Sawyer a "madman" for bringing Ebola into Nigeria, despite his sister having died from it and that he reportedly displayed symptoms before getting on a flight to Lagos.

A nurse who treated him died of Ebola last week, while tests last weekend confirmed that another had also contracted the virus.

As of August 9, the World Health Organization said there were 13 probable or suspected cases of Ebola in Nigeria, including two deaths.

The Nigerian government had a lower figure of 10 confirmed cases, including two deaths, as of Monday, with more than a hundred people being monitored for signs of the disease.

Sawyer was to have attended an ECOWAS meeting and Abdulqudir escorted him to hospital in the Ikoyi neighborhood from Lagos airport, where he arrived on a flight from Monrovia via the Togolese capital, Lome.

It is understood he then returned to the ECOWAS offices on nearby Lagos Island.

The offices have been closed and disinfected as a precaution while staff have been informed of preventative measures to take, including seeking prompt medical advice in the event of illness.

ECOWAS on Monday warned that the outbreak threatened West Africa's social and economic progress and has sought the support of all member states and partners to tackle the spread of Ebola.

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LAGOS: 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 Liaison 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."

The official had been quarantined since Sawyer was confirmed as having Ebola, which has killed more than 1,000 people since the start of the year, most of them in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

"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," it added.

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

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday branded Sawyer a "madman" for bringing Ebola into Nigeria, despite his sister having died from it and that he reportedly displayed symptoms before getting on a flight to Lagos.

A nurse who treated him died of Ebola last week, while tests last weekend confirmed that another had also contracted the virus.

As of August 9, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said there were 13 probable or suspected cases of Ebola in Nigeria, including two deaths.

The Nigerian government had a lower figure of 10 confirmed cases, including two deaths, as of Monday, with more than a hundred people being monitored for signs of the disease.

Sawyer was to have attended an ECOWAS meeting and Abdulqudir escorted him to hospital in the Ikoyi neighbourhood from Lagos airport, where he arrived on a flight from Monrovia via the Togolese capital, Lome.

It is understood he then returned to the ECOWAS offices on nearby Lagos Island.

The offices have been closed and disinfected as a precaution while staff have been informed of preventative measures to take, including seeking prompt medical advice in the event of illness.

ECOWAS on Monday warned that the outbreak threatened West Africa's social and economic progress and has sought the support of all member states and partners to tackle the spread of Ebola. – AFP

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Ebola: ECOWAS staff who aided Sawyer dies in Lagos

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The Economic Community of West African States has announced the passing of a staff member of its Lagos Liaison Office, Mr Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, aged 36.

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

Abdulqudir had been under quarantine following the sad incident.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Commission expressed its gratitude to the Nigerian Government authorities and others who contributed to managing the late official while under quarantine.

It read, “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 also reiterated its continued commitment to support Member States in confronting the deadly virus.

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Nigeria fears fourth Ebola frontline after infected man lands in Lagos
Officials in Africa's most populous city are scrambling to avoid mistakes that have helped fuel biggest epidemic in history

Monica Mark in Lagos
theguardian.com, Wednesday 13 August 2014 08.23 EDT

The man was acting strangely even before he boarded the plane, hunching over in pain and avoiding physical contact with other passengers milling around the airport in Monrovia, Liberia's capital. Once airborne, he was sick several times. By the time he disembarked in Lagos airport – one of the busiest in the continent – he was no longer able to stand unaided, diplomats and a witness told the Guardian.

Those who rushed forward to help didn't know Patrick Sawyer was in the final stages of an Ebola-induced breakdown, when the deadly disease is at its most contagious. More than 24 hours passed before the Liberian-American civil servant was diagnosed, allowing the virus to gain a toehold in Africa's most populous city and, for the first time ever, turning the threat of an urban outbreak into a nightmarish possibility.

After watching three regional neighbours battle an eight-month-long epidemic, Nigerian officials are scrambling to avoid mistakes that have helped fuel the biggest epidemic in history. In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, 916 have died, or around half of those who been infected.

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Now a potential fourth frontline has opened. A colleague travelling alongside Sawyer and a nurse who treated him have both succumbed to Ebola. Eight others have caught the disease in Lagos, and some 200 are under surveillance.

"There are some unique challenges that have come up," said John Vertefeuille, leading the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) response team in the city. "The population density is a challenge and it's one we're looking at closely in terms how you do contact tracing. What Lagos has as strengths is there's a really talented workforce to draw on."

Oil giant Nigeria has more resources than most to handle an outbreak but whether the situation spins out of control hinges on the Herculean task of tracing contacts in a crowded, freewheeling city of transients. It took 10 days to trace Sawyer's driver to Port Harcourt, a densely-populated city 600km south of Lagos.

The incident has also highlighted a deeper culture of neglect when it comes to infectious tropical diseases that ravage West Africa each year.

Ebola in Liberia

So far, much has come down to chance. As a diplomat, 40-year-old Sawyer was whisked from the airport by a private driver. The company car – in which he was again sick, according to a Nigerian health official – was taken to a diplomatic compound, but wasn't used again because it was a national holiday. But public health workers were on strike, so Sawyer was taken to a small family clinic. There, the team who tried to save his life didn't initially suspect Ebola, or work with protective gear. At least one other patient at the clinic would later catch Ebola.

"The family hospital Sawyer went to was caught unawares. If it had been a public hospital, we would have had a much better chance of containing it," said John Oladejo, of Nigeria's Public Health Department, which in April sent dozens of doctors on an Ebola training course.

Nigeria has one doctor per 2,879 people, compared with one per 10,000 in Guinea or one per 86,275 in Liberia. "We have a window of opportunity at the moment to contain it but there's no room for letting down your guard," said Chikwe Ihekweazu, an epidemiologist who helped stem an Ebola outbreak in Sudan a decade ago. "It's not that we don't have the resources. The challenge is that there are things you have to do religiously every time you're dealing with a patient, and we're just not used to that level of diligence in Nigeria."

On the noisy downtown street where Sawyer was initially hospitalised before being moved to a specially-built isolation ward, hardware salesman Emmanuel Uju sat on a ladder balanced over an open sewer which runs past his house. "I don't shake anyone's hands anymore, but I truly have faith it won't spread more. They said you just need to separate the affected people to stop it spreading," he said, as yellow tricycles squeezed past cars, roadside food vendors and men wheeling barrels of water.

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Border controls – which have helped in seven previous Ebola outbreaks – are unlikely to do so in Lagos, whose population ebbs and flows with up to 4,000 new migrants each day. "Ten years ago in Sudan there were no mobile phones, no Twitter. We drove around with in Land Rovers with microphones telling people what to do. Today we really need to think about how to communicate with the public so that they know what to do without creating panic and anxiety," said Ihekweazu, who runs health information site nigeriahealthwatch.com.

Another site set up within 24 hours of the first confirmed case, EbolaFacts.com, received 600,000 hits and 850,000 Facebook views within a week.

But technology is a double-edged sword. Yahya Balogun woke up to a 4am call last Friday. On the line, his mother demanded he stock up on salt – she had received a text message circulating with the "cure" of a hot salt bath before dawn.

"Two hours later she called again and asked, 'Yahya, have you done what I asked? Have you sent all your friends the message? This is a terrible disease and you need to pass on the advice'," the taxi driver recounted. The rumour prompted two deaths this week from overdosing on salt water.

Public health officials worry fear-mongering will distract from simple solutions needed to prevent contagion, in scenes reminiscent of some of the scare tactics amid an outbreak of the then little-understood HIV virus in the US during the 1980s. This week an epileptic man reportedly died after residents in Edo state thought his convulsions were a symptom of Ebola and refused to help.

"We see the fear in people's faces when we're going around door-to-door tracing contacts in the community. You have to explain to each person that there's nothing to be scared of – the likelihood of survival is much higher if you come forward in time," said Oladejo, the public health official.

"When they ask, what about the Liberian, we tell them: that's exactly what he didn't do; he didn't come forward."

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a national emergency, and approved a 1.9bn naira special fund. Despite outbreaks of cholera and Lassa fever – a similarly deadly haemorrhagic fever – that kill tens of thousands annually, the country has no adequate isolation units, so officials rushed through orders for special tents and protective suits essential to prevent contagion.

Ebola's rarity means it is often overlooked globally too. Fewer than 300 Ebola specialists are stretched thin on the ground in three other nations.

"I just hope all our work is not in vain," Oladejo said.

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