Presenting an update on the status of EVD, in Nigeria, Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, disclosed that the eighth Ebola patient successfully managed in the Lagos isolation center was discharged Tuesday (September 3). He gave the number of cases successfully managed and discharged in the country as eight while the number of deaths from EVD was seven.
He has put the total number of confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria at 18. The 18th patient, according to the Federal Government, is the sister of the late Port Harcourt doctor who died of the EVD recently.
Chukwu who hinted that schools may re-open from September 15, 2014 as last contacts under surveillance may be discharged by then and the fact that there were no community transmissions in Nigeria, stressed that the 18th confirmed case of Ebola in Nigeria is the sister of the late Port Harcourt doctor, who is currently on admission in the Lagos isolation center.
On contacts, Chukwu said 41 contacts are currently under surveillance in Lagos while Port Harcourt has 296.
On the positive side, the minister also revealed that a total of 320 contacts have been discharged in Lagos after they were observed for 21 days.
Chukwu also debunked rumours of EVD cases outside Lagos and Port Harcourt, adding that, “regarding the rumoured case in Zaria, the blood sample has been sent for Ebola testing.”