Onyebuchi Chukwu, the minister of health, has confirmed the death of another patient due to the Ebola Virus Disease in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Thursday. The deceased, who is an elderly woman, was said to have shared the same room with the late Iyke Enemuo, a medical doctor, who treated Koye Olu-Ibukun, Nigerian ECOWAS diplomat.
“Total number of deaths from Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria is now seven. One is the index case, which occurred in a private hospital in Lagos; four in the Lagos isolation ward, one in the Port Harcourt isolation ward, the female patient who was on admission in the same hospital where the late Port Harcourt doctor was also admitted, while another one was the doctor who was infected by the ECOWAS Commission official in Port Harcourt and who did not come under the care and management of the Incident Management Committee,” he said.
Chukwu explained that the last case to be discharged was the first secondary contact to be diagnosed, adding that the patient is a spouse of a primary contact of the index case in Port Harcourt.
He added that schools may re-open from September 15, 2014 as last patients under surveillance may be discharged by then.
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