A Nigerian doctor who treated the Liberian man that died of Ebola in Lagos, Nigeria has contracted the disease, according to official reports.
A doctor who was part of the team that treated a Liberian-American civil servant suffering from Ebola in Nigeria’s capital Lagos has contracted the disease. The Liberian man flew into Africa’s largest country by airplane and the Nigerian government has monitored all people who had contact with the man, of which 80 still remain under observation as a precaution.
The authorities in Lagos have rapidly organised a series of preventive measures, including quarantining the hospital that the civil servant, named as 40-year-old Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer. The man had collapsed in Lagos Airport shortly after arriving, following his departure from his flight from Liberia’s capital Monrovia, which had stopovers in nearby countries Ghana and Togo.
The three countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – currently affected by the disease, which has killed 887 people in the past seven months, organised an urgent crisis meeting over the disease’s outbreak in the past few days. The meeting came about at the same time as the World Health Organisation’s statement that the disease was “moving faster than the efforts to control it” and that the more people that were infected the higher the risk of the current Ebola virus evolving into deadlier mutations.
Current attempts to contain the Ebola disease were hampered in Liberia and Sierra Leone as faith healers and crowded churches sheltered Ebola victims whom they claimed to be able to cure. Both countries eventually made such action a crime punishable with jail sentences.