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A nurse under quarantine in Lagos traveled to Enugu leading to the quarantine of 21 contacts.

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Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, told reporters that one of the nurses, who had contact with the index patient, late Patrick Sawyer, had traveled to Enugu State contrary to instructions and had had contact with the 21 persons.

According to Mr Maku, 198 Nigerians have been traced to have contacted the virus. While 177 are in Lagos, 21 persons in Enugu are being watched.

The FEC devoted this week’s meeting to the efforts being made to combat the Ebola Virus which entered Nigeria some 23 days ago and had been declared a National Emergency.

At the meeting, the Minister of Health, Dr Onyebuchi Chukwu, told the council that Nigerians had been on the alert even before late Sawyer entered Lagos with the virus.

He told reporters that he was in touch with all the Commissioners for Health and that the Governors of the 36 states and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory had been called for a meeting with the President, an indication that the government was taking the case serious.

He said a committee had been set up to handle the claims by many Nigerians that they have a cure for the ailment and called on Nigerians not to panic, as the government was in touch with the rest of the world on the possible cure for the disease.

The Nigerian government had requested for an untested drug, Zmapp, believed to be efficient in the treatment of Ebola virus from the United States but had not gotten any concrete response.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization supported the use of untested drugs for the treatment of the disease, which the Nigerian government said its outbreak was a National Emergency.

As part of efforts to contain the disease, which had claimed three lives in Lagos State, President Goodluck Jonathan had set up an intervention plan with 1.9 billion Naira approved for the control of the disease.

The Federal Government had urged those who had primary contact with the index patient to report themselves so that they could be quarantined.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:29 pm 
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Breaking: Ebola goes out of control as 21 quarantined in Enugu - FG
Published on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 16:13
Written by Isiaka Wakili, Abuja

The Federal Government has confirmed further spread of Ebola virus in the country, saying 21 persons are being currently quarantined in Enugu State.

Information Minister Labaran Maku disclosed this to State House journalists today after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan.

He noted that the four-hour FEC meeting was devoted to discussions on the progress being made in combating Ebola in the country.

He said the government had so far traced 198 persons that had primary and secondary contacts with Patrick Sawyer who brought the virus to Nigeria from Liberia.

According to the minister, 177 of those persons are in Lagos; while 21 are in Enugu.

He said the 21 persons being quarantined in Enugu were those who had contacts with a female nurse that had primary contact with Sawyer in Lagos.

The minister explained that the nurse disobeyed medical instructions and traveled to Enugu.

He said: "All those who had primary contact (with Sawyer) have been quarantined. Secondary contacts have also been traced.

"So far, the number of people that have been traced is 198. Out of this number, 177 are in Lagos and have been traced. Some are in quarantine, some are being monitored by health specialists.

"21 persons in Enugu are also being watched. This is because one of the nurses that was involved with the treatment of the index case unfortunately, disobeyed medical instructions and somehow traveled to Enugu. All those who she was in contact with, including her husband, are under quarantine. The medical teams have been able to trace all those who made contact with her".

Maku said health workers had been deployed to all the border units in the country, adding that "All the entry points into this country and exit points, we've port health workers that are working in our airports and seaports. We're calling on citizens specifically to cooperate. If health workers say you've had contact with A,B,C, don't move to anywhere, respect that judgment. It's very important. In one or two cases where we've had disobedience, we lost one of them and this one now moved with it to another place (Enugu).

"So, we are urging Nigerians, please to help us in making sure that all these messages and appeals we're making on you, we implement them".

Maku said in terms of possible treatment, the Ministry of Health had set up a special committee specifically to take claims from Nigerians who believed they could help.

"And so far, we've had a lot of reports from Nigerians at home and abroad who came forward to say they've possibility of developing therapies that could help in fighting the virus. There is no cure so far anywhere in the world. Even the trial drug in the US is still a trial drug, it has not been established.

"One of the doctors and research experts that came forward was Dr Simon Agwale who has been one of the frontline global researchers on developing vaccines for HIV and other viral diseases. He also came forward and said he could help, both in terms of working out to develop a vaccine which he said he has started work on between himself and his fellow experts in the US and he said this is ongoing. The minister of health has given support and directed him to the committee. He also discussed the possibility of certain therapies they can now use which could be applied. And again, that's being discussed. And once it's approved, it could be used".

The minister also disclosed that the United States was yet to respond to the Nigeria's request for trial drugs for the treatment of Ebola victims.

"We are still hoping that the US will grant our request for the trial drugs. So, our request is still on course", he said.

According to him, Nigeria has responded to the outbreak of Ebola with the best international standard by declaring emergency and putting measures in place to prevent further spread.

He said only two of the 10 Nigerians who had so far tested positive to the virus had died; while others were still undergoing treatment.

"We've developed a communication plan under implementation using traditional media---radio, newspapers and TV--to educate citizens on Eboa. Part of the measures is advocacy visits to groups, road transport workers and owners in order to sensitise Nigerians especially on the need for strict hygienic measures. We're pleased with cooperation from religious leaders. People no longer place holy communion on people's mouths. We've introduced laboratory screens at worship centres. We're urging continued vigilance at worship places.

"We're also pleading with people who've contact with any known case to quickly report to health centres to save other people's lives. The reason for reporting doesn't mean you've contracted the disease, it's just to keep you under observation. Most people have survived because they reported early enough and got quick intervention.

Efforts have been made to provide personal protective equipment for health workers", he said.

The minister dismissed the claim that cases of Ebola had been reported in Abuja, saying "we pray it doesn't happen".

He cautioned the media against unverified reports which, he said could fuel anxiety and damage the country's image.

Maku also warned those spreading rumours that could endanger public health, saying they could be traced and prosecuted.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 1:47 pm 
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Ebola: Infected Nigerian nurse travelled to Enugu despite medical advice – Maku

August 13, 2014
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The nurse who died after contracting Ebola Virus Disease from index case – Liberian Patrick Sawyer – refused to heed to warning against travel and has caused the quarantine of 21 persons in Enugu.

This was made known by Labaran Maku, Nigeria’s Information Minister, who addressed journalists on Wednesday after the weekly Federal Executive Council Meeting, FEC.

Mr. Maku said despite the death of three persons including the nurse and Mr. Sawyer, the Ebola Virus Disease is not a threat to the country.

He stated that 10 out of the198 persons identified as primary and secondary contacts with the late Liberian carrier, Patrick Sawyer, have tested positive to the virus.

Of the 198 persons under surveillance, 177 of them are in Lagos while 21 are in Enugu as a result of the nurse’s journey.
The minister told journalists that the family of the late nurse and others who had direct contact with her are being quarantined in other stations across the state.

“All those who had primary contact have been quarantined. Secondary contacts have also been traced.

“So far the number of people that have been traced is 198. Out of this number, 177 are in Lagos. . Some are in quarantine, some are being monitored by health specialists.

“Twenty-one persons in Enugu are also being watched. This is because one of the nurses that was involved with the treatment of the index case, unfortunately, disobeyed medical instructions and somehow travelled to Enugu.

“All those who she was in contact with including her husband are under quarantine. The medical team have been able to trace all those who made contact with her,” Mr. Maku said.

The Minister also asked members of the public to disregard rumours and unverified reports on the Ebola epidemic as the government is operating on top gear towards ensuring the scourge does not blow out of its incubation period that ends today (Wednesday).

“Health workers are now in all our border units. All the entry points into this country and exit points have port health workers that are working in our airports and seaports.

“We are calling on citizens specifically to cooperate. If health workers say you have had contact with A,B,C, don’t move to anywhere, respect that judgement. It is very important. In one or two cases where we have had disobedience, we lost one of them and this one now moved with it to another place (Enugu). So we are urging Nigerians, please to help us in making sure that all these messages and appeals we are making on you, we implement them,” he said.

He said though the measures have been communicated to state governors, they have been re-invited to be briefed by the federal government on further collaboration to stamp out the disease from Nigeria.

Cure and possible cures
Mr. Maku said though the disease has no recorded cure, the government is ensuring that it does not breakout in Nigeria as did in Congo in1976 when the first outbreak was reported.

In terms of possible treatment Mr. Maku said “the ministry of health set up a special committee specifically to take claims from Nigerians who believe they could help.

“So far we have had a lot of reports from Nigerians at home and abroad who come forward to say look they have possibility of developing therapies that could help in fighting the virus. There is no cure so far, anywhere in the world. Even the trial drug in the US is still a trial drug, it has not been established,” Mr. Maku said.

He said a certain Simon Agwale, who has been one of the frontline of global researchers developing vaccines for HIV and other viral diseases, came forward to offer help. Dr. Agwale, Mr. Maku said, has been directed to the committee on Ebola.

“One of the doctors and research experts that came forward was Dr Simon Agwale who has been one of the frontline global researchers on developing vaccines for HIV and other viral diseases. He also came forward and said he could help, both in terms developing a vaccine, which he said he has started work on between himself and his fellow experts in the U.S. He said this is ongoing. The Minister of Health has given support and directed him to the committee. He also discussed the possibility of certain therapy which could be applied. And again that is being discussed. Once it is approved, it could be used”.

Meanwhile, the President has launched automatic hand sanitizers to be stationed in strategic places for private and public use.
Mr. Jonathan launched the sanitisers with the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, who was co-launcher, being the governor of the state most affected by the Ebola virus.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:25 pm 
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FG confirms another Nurse, 21 others quarantined in Enugu

on August 13, 2014 / in News 5:19 pm / Comments
Ben Agande, Abuja.

An additional twenty one persons including a nurse have been quarantined in Enugu state on a suspicion of likely infection with Ebola Virus Disease.

Minister of Information Labaran Maku told State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting that the affected nurse had primary contact with the late Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who brought the disease to Nigeria.

The minister explained that the nurse traveled to Enugu from Lagos against instruction not to leave Lagos State, adding that 198 persons are currently under watch by the Ministry of Health to contain further spread of the disease.

Labaran Maku explained that out of the 198 persons under surveillance , 177 of them are in Lagos while 21 are in Enugu.

“All those who had primary contact have been quarantined. Secondary contacts have also been traced. So far the number of people that have been traced is 198. Out of this number, 177 are in Lagos and are being traced. Some are in quarantine, some are being monitored by health specialists.”

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A Nigerian nurse suspected of having Ebola managed to skip quarantine in Lagos to travel nearly 300 miles to see family, officials said Wednesday.

She and the 20 people she came into contact with are now under surveillance in the city of Enugu in southeastern Nigeria. Information Minister Labaran Maku said officials are now monitoring 189 people for the Ebola virus. Nigerian officials did not make it clear how the nurse traveled, but Enugu is a 6 1/2-hour drive or one-hour flight from Lagos.

Nigeria currently has 10 confirmed cases of Ebola, all stemming from the trip of an infected Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, to Africa’s most populous nation on July 20. Sawyer fell ill and collapsed in the Lagos airport. He died at a city hospital five days later and two health care workers who treated him later died.

The death toll stands at 1,069 as of Monday, Aug. 11, according to the World Health Organization. Liberia was hit extremely hard this week, with 71 cases and 32 deaths from Sunday to Monday. Fifty-six deaths and 128 new cases were reported in that same period across all four West Africa countries affected by the virus.

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Information Minister Labaran Maku disclosed this to State House journalists today after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Nurse, who had previously had contact with the Liberian Ebola patient Patrick Sawyer, fled quarantine in Lagos, and returned to her home in Enugu. This risky decision, and her resulting contact with 20 other people, have put the government on high alert.

Minister of Information Labaran Maku has disclosed that the nurse and the 20 people she was in contact with are currently under surveillance in Enugu.

189 people are now being monitored in Nigeria. Three have died from the disease: Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American businessman who collapsed in Lagos, an attending nurse, and an ECOWAS staffer who worked with Sawyer.

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One of the primary contacts of the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who escaped quarantine on suspicion of having the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, in Lagos, has been tracked to Enugu.

The suspect, identified as a nurse, said to have travelled to her home town to visit her family, is now under surveillance with 20 others she came into contact with in the city.
With the development, the total number of Nigerians under monitoring for the dreaded virus is now 198.

Revealing these facts yesterday after the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, Information Minister, Labaran Maku, explained that Nigeria currently has 10 confirmed cases of Ebola, all stemming from the visit of the late Sawyer.

Maku explained that of the 198 persons under surveillance, 177 of them are in Lagos while 21 are in Enugu.

He said: “All those who had primary contact have been quarantined. Secondary contacts have also been traced. So far, the number of people that have been traced is 198.
“Of this number, 177 are in Lagos and are being traced. Some are in quarantine, some are being monitored by health specialists.”

Meanwhile, the death toll world wide from the outbreak stands at 1,069 and total number of infections 1,975, according to the World Health Organisation.

Liberia was hit extremely hard this week, with 71 cases and 32 deaths from Sunday to Monday. Fifty-six deaths and 128 new cases were reported in that same period across all four West African countries affected by the virus.

Giving details on the escapee, Maku revealed that she travelled to Enugu from Lagos against instruction not to leave Lagos State.

He said: “The 21 persons in Enugu under watch now is as a result of their involvement with the nurse who disobeyed medical instructions and somehow travelled to Enugu. All those who she was in contact with, including her husband, are under quarantine. The medical team has been able to trace all those who made contact with her.”


While warning that government would prosecute anybody found spreading false rumours or unverified reports over the Ebola epidemic, Maku said government was expanding presence of health officers to strategic entry points in the country.

“Health workers are now in all our border units. At all the entry points into this country and exit points, we have port health workers that are working in our airports and seaports.

“We are calling on citizens, specifically, to co-operate. If health workers say you have had contact with A, B, C, don’t move to anywhere, respect that judgment. It is very important. In one or two cases where we have had disobedience, we lost one of them and this one now moved with it to another place (Enugu).

“So we are urging Nigerians, please to help us in making sure that all these messages and appeals we are making, we implement them.”

He noted that the Ministry of Health had set up a special committee specifically to take claims from Nigerians who believe they could help and so far “we have had a lot of reports from Nigerians at home and abroad who come forward to say they have possibility of developing therapies that could help in fighting the virus.

“There is no cure so far, anywhere in the world. Even the trial drug in the US is still a trial drug; it has not been established.

“One of the doctors and research experts that came forward was Dr. Simon Agwale, who has been one of the frontline global researchers on developing vaccines for HIV and other viral diseases.
“He also came forward and said he could help, both in terms of working to develop a vaccine, which he said he has started work on between himself and his fellow experts in the US and he said this is ongoing.”

Maku stated that the Minister of Health had given support and directed him to the committee. He also discussed the possibility of certain therapy which could be applied and again that is being discussed. Once it is approved, it could be used.”

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Nurse who escaped from quarantine has returned back to Lagos, as a Lagos doctor confirmed to have Ebola
Posted on August 14, 2014 by hotnewsng
A doctor who attended to late Patrick Sawyer at the First Consultant Hospital has been confirmed positive with the Ebola virus. Speaking at a news conference today, the Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu said the doctor is currently undergoing treatment at the quarantine centre in Lagos.

Prof Onyebuchi revealed that some of the 169 secondary contacts of Sawyer were no longer under surveillance and had been released, having completed the 21 days of incubation period.

The Minister also said the nurse who had escaped the quarantine center in Lagos and traveled to Enugu state has been returned back to Lagos with her husband in a special traveling ambulance.

In Enugu yesterday, there were 21 secondary contacts with the nurse. But after investigations, there are only 6 secondary contacts now. The nurse who is newly wedded had no symptoms of the disease when she traveled to Enugu. She was transported back to Lagos in a special ambulance with her husband. Her husband is under quarantine now
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Nurse Who Skipped Ebola Quarantine To Travel To Enugu Is Transported Back To Lagos In A Special Ambulance
Chukwu also confirmed that a Nigerian in the Diaspora was sending an experimental drug for Ebola treatment, and the drug, whose name is ‘Nanosilver’, would arrive in Nigeria today.

BY SAHARAREPORTERS, NEW YORK
AUG 14, 2014

Nigerian Minister for Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has confirmed that the Lagos nurse who travelled to Enugu against medical advice is now back in Lagos and is under quarantine with her husband.

The nurse, who had contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, caused a stir on Wednesday when it was discovered that she had travelled to Enugu and had contact with at least 21 people during her unauthorized trip to the Southeastern city.

However, Chukwu says the nurse has so far not developed the symptoms as of the time of her trip.

“In Enugu yesterday, there were 21 secondary contacts with the nurse. But after investigations, there are only 6 secondary contacts now”, he said in Abuja on Thursday.

“The nurse who is newly wedded had no symptoms of the disease when she travelled to Enugu, was transported back to Lagos in a special ambulance with her husband. Her husband is under quarantine now”.

Chukwu also confirmed that a Nigerian in the Diaspora was sending an experimental drug for Ebola treatment, and the drug, whose name is ‘Nanosilver’, would arrive in Nigeria today.

“The experimental drug is a donation from a Nigerian scientist in Diaspora who was concerned about threat of Ebola in his home country. The drug will reach Nigeria today”, he said.

On updates on Ebola cases in Nigeria, he said some of the 169 secondary contacts of Sawyer were no longer under surveillance and had been released, having completed the 21 days of incubation period.

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