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Ebola patient discharged from Lagos hospital, declared fit, says Minister of Health

16/08/2014 21:11

Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Minister of Health, has said one of the Ebola patients has been discharged from hospital after all necessary medical examinations carried out on the person, showed that the patient had fully recovered and free of the Ebola virus.


The patient who is the female doctor, who was first confirmed to have contacted the Ebola virus disease, having been one of the medical personnel who attended to Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria;


He told journalists in Lagos on Saturday that the patient, was asked to go home after all the necessary medical examinations were carried out.


He said, “The EOC has advised me to announce that the first ‎Nigerian to have been confirmed to have the Ebola virus disease has this evening been discharged from the isolation unit at the Mainland Hospital, Lagos.


“I have consulted with the experts, and they say clearly that there is a discharge protocol that was employed for this particular patient. It has been followed strictly and was concluded today‎ and what you are getting now is the final outcome.


“Ordinarily if she had been afflicted with another illness she would have been discharged long before now.


“The total number of Ebola cases now stands at 12, while the number of deaths remains four. The people under surveillance in Lagos are now 189, while six are in Enugu, in Southeast Nigeria."


He also used the medium to say that the drug, Nano Silva, which was thought could be used to treat Ebola patients in Nigeria, was said not to have met the requirements of the National Health Research ethics code.


His statement is coming two days after the death of a fourth Ebola patient was reported, which happened to be one of the medical personnel who attended to the late Patrick Sawyer, Liberian-American, who brought the Ebola virus to Nigeria.


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