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Ebola: 139 People are Under Surveillance in Lagos



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At a press briefing on Friday in Lagos, the Minister of Health Prof. Chukwu Onyebuchi confirmed to reporters that there are two new cases of the Ebola infection in Lagos.

It now brings the number of cases recorded to nine. Onyebuchi also said that apart from the two fresh cases, there are also six suspected cases.

“The total number of cases, as of this morning, (Friday) stands at nine out of which eight are Nigerians and one American-Liberian.

Out of the nine confirmed cases, seven are alive and are receiving treatment In Lagos.” he said.

The health minister also noted that the death rate in Nigeria so far from the virus is between 30 to 26% percent, while it is 65% in other West African countries.

“I am saying this to enlighten people that having Ebola does not mean you have been condemned to death, survivors have been recorded.” he said.

He also confirmed that 139 individuals have been placed under surveillance.



  1. Mr. George

    August 9, 2014 at 5:09 am

    My Goodness…this does not sound good. The number seem to be increasing.

  2. Person

    August 9, 2014 at 6:01 am

    139? HOW?!!!!! This doesn’t sound good!!! This is Lagos, afterall!

  3. faith

    August 9, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Am afraid o

  4. Tobi

    August 9, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Nigeria! we hail thee, we have turned from a case of “it is contained” to “continuous death Toll… Is there anything out Government is capable of handing? Well except Corruption and Fraud!!

    • JOjo

      August 11, 2014 at 2:15 am

      That is a very uninformed comment. Maybe you should come from Liberia, Serrialeone and Guinea and you will know what not being able to contain this problem is.
      Get some information on epidemiology before making careless comments

  5. Adaobi

    August 9, 2014 at 10:47 am

    But they are taking measures, I am much more confident of the governments ability to help the people.

  6. Blessedbeyondmeasure

    August 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

    It is well…We will Win…..!

  7. Desert Rainbow

    August 9, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I am afraid oh!Lord Jesus come to our aid oh!

  8. Julia T

    August 9, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    What kind of treatment are the 7 people receiving, when there is no confirmed cure yet?Lord have mercy.

  9. dunni

    August 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    As a Nigerian Canadian reading about this, I have to say that I am deeply appalled with this doctors strike even in the face of a major health scare like Ebola. Why is it that my Nigerian people are always looking for someone else to blame for what they can try to handle? Why are you a doctor in the first place? Is it not to save lives hence your Hippocrates vow? It is not a crime to demand your rights but at the face of a major health challenge like this why dont you end your strike and join the front line to educate our people about this virus, hopefully when things get better you can now go back on your strike, but the fact remains that there is a major health scare now and I hope you know that Ebola doesnt know anyone, you can end up with it! So please think deeply! Please is there anywhere people can get resources about ebola? I went to the Lagos State website ( kudos to them) but I still feel we need to have more information like adverts on the television, radio, banners all around the country ( sensitization)like what was done to inform people about AIDS, Condom, etc. this is just to inform and properly enlighten our people.

    • Changing Faces

      August 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      What are you doing in Canada madam? Volunteers are needed, come and do something instead of blaming doctors who get N5000 hazard pay. Why can the government not show how serious they are by ensuring strike is called off? Nigerian Canadian, Nigeria needs you

    • dunni

      August 9, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      If I leave Canada and come to Nigeria to meet no doctors in the hospitals, how can I volunteer? how can I help? You are just saying Nigeria needs me but if I get to Nigeria and the doctors who are supposed to start this effort are all sitting at home complaining about their 5000 naira hazard allowance are no where to be found, what do you want me to do? I cant come back to Canada immediately because for your information many people coming from Nigeria who have flu like symptoms are already being quarantined. If you say Nigeria needs me and I show up, what will I do if you doctors are not on ground mobilizing efforts? I never said you shouldn’t fight for your rights but at this point in time you doctors need to be on the front line educating people and telling the government about what they need to do to curtail this outbreak! Nobody can do it except our healthcare workers and you doctors are very crucial when it comes to the healthcare. This is not the job of an engineer, lawyer, accountant, teacher, etc. Go back to strike when Ebola is over, but now that it has been declared an epidemic, it is your responsibility to be on the front line educating people about the preventive measures so that someone like me can now join in the efforts

    • Khaleesi

      August 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      well put changing faces. i live abroad but i travel back home frequently and i feel for all the medical staff, not just doctors, who work hard and are never rewarded. moreover, they work in poor conditions and are treated badly often times.

    • oc

      August 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Nigerian Canadian doctors are not heartless but u should understand that the people need more. Doctors have sacrified so much for nigerians u may not know that most times doctors contribute for their patients eg buy drugs, tax themselves during rounds, offer free treatment. No meaningful hazard allowance ,no motivation and u want them to go embrace this situation. Let the government improve the national health data base, give better health to nigerians by equiping the hospitals, training their doctors. This is not the 1960s

    • Olanma

      August 9, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Please shut up! You silly Nigerians in Canada that call yourselves Nigerian Canadian. Appalled when you’re not in Nigeria to know what’s happening. I criticise Nigeria a lot but they’ve surprisingly handled the situation the best way they can. Take several seats “Nigerian Canadian”.

  10. leeleo

    August 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I don’t blame it. It hasn’t increased. They’re looking for a way to fraud us so later they will come tell us they spent $Billion on treatment.

    • Iris

      August 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      What kind of logic is that? This man had contact with people on the plane and in the hospital. Those people then went about their lives and had contact with other people before they realised they had ebola. How won’t the numbers have increased? Your problem is that you believed the initial BS stories they were giving about how he was completely and successfully isolated.

    • Adaobi

      August 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      The silver lining is that the disease cannot spread unless a person starts showing symptoms.
      The bad news? People with suspected symptoms should go for medical attention, if you suspect someone with the symptoms go and report them to the appropriate authorities. Oh wait, that’s right these things have not been set up yet and doctors are on strike. Plus mass hysteria might do most of the killing.
      Another silver lining? Jonathan has allocated over a billion naira for the treatment of this disease(le us hope that he does the appropriate thing) and is colluding with the American government in finding a cure or treatment.
      P.S: If I were Jonathan, I would give the doctors what they want but oh well fingers crossed.

  11. Authentic Sunshine

    August 9, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Has anyone noticed that since this Ebola epidermic, we’ ve not hear any recent Boko Haram bombing. Them see the one wey pass their power just surrender……………. probably salt bathing

    • Honeymix

      August 9, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      Lol, u know it crossed my mind. Won ti sempe. Thank God.

  12. Authentic Sunshine

    August 9, 2014 at 4:17 pm


  13. I go dey laff

    August 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    God wil take absolute control

  14. ebola alert

    August 9, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    call 0800-ebola-help that is 0800-32654-4357 or visit or follow @ebolaalert on twitter for news, update and ways to prevent or report suspected cases of ebola. everyone is a healthcare worker right now. its not a job for only doctors or nurses. we all need to put our heads and hands together to prevent this menace from spreading even more.

  15. Ngo

    August 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Arrg… so upset at this

  16. mujer

    August 9, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I am going to recommend that the Nigerian government shuts down commerce and all movement for the next two weeks to curtail the spread of this illness. Shut down Lagos and have people stay home for 2 or even 3 weeks and not mingle with each other. That way, the spread of the disease is contained. Otherwise, this will balloon out of proportion if life as usual continues. We should have closed our borders to the other West African states a long time ago.

  17. mujer

    August 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    The income to be lost from shutting down the government for a few weeks is very minimal relative to the economic damage that is headed towards the country if there is widespread epidemic

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