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Ebola: First Nigerian Patient Discharged from Hospital, Declared Fit




The Nigerian Minister of Health Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu announced the first Nigerian Ebola patient declared fit and has been discharged from the quarantine unit of the Emergency Operation Centre of Mainland Hospital, Yaba, Lagos.

Chukwu told reporters on Saturday that the patient (who is a doctor) contracted the virus from the primary contact Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, and was asked to go home after all the necessary medical examinations were carried out. She was the first doctor to be infected with the virus.

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

He also announced that the Nano-Silver drug, which was to be used on infected victims, did not meet the requirements of the National Health Research ethics code.

At a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Chukwu said eight people were still alive, more than half of them are doing very well and showing signs of recovery.

The discharged patient is believed to be among those he earlier said were recovering.

Channels TV was first to report the story.


  1. Noksis

    August 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    great news.Just the spreading rising i am scared off. Well done doctors

  2. name

    August 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    soo Thankful to God. Any recovery news in liberia yet?

  3. adeola

    August 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Thank God!

  4. SunanaAmina

    August 16, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Declare fit ke? Hunmmmmm! SMH

  5. emeka ike

    August 16, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    This’ good news! But was he/she treated with the ‘Zmapp’ or the ‘nano-silver’ ??

  6. Africhic

    August 16, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    great news

  7. 90s

    August 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Fank God o, so which medicine ws used 4 d patient nw?

  8. bruno

    August 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    LIES, I don’t believe it, this is how they said no girls where abducted, then they said the girls have been freed, where are the journalists, interview the patient, nigerian government like to deceive and mislead people.

    • Anon

      August 17, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      I can confirm to you that its true. My mum is her personal friend and my dad is one of the doctors involved in her case. Its just by the mercy of God really

  9. Changing Faces

    August 16, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    More details please… did she get zmapp, or nano silver? did she get the discharge certificate from WHO? I pray the others victims also recover

    • Mimi

      August 16, 2014 at 10:45 pm

      He also announced that the Nano-Silver drug, which was to be used on infected victims, did NOT meet the requirements of the National Health Research ethics code.

      So NO they did not treat them with Nano Silver

      Gosh! read people …READ!

    • Changing Faces

      August 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Please gosh out of here with your irritatingly condescending tone, Mrs reader… and I repeat my question, did they use nano silver or zmapp? sue me

    • nino

      August 17, 2014 at 4:19 am

      some people’s immunity coupled wit d help of normal immunity boosting drugs can actually fight d virus.

  10. bruno

    August 16, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Maybe that person never had ebola in the first place, all this is just publicity, many ignorant people will believe this, imagine if someone is cured of hiv, that person will be shown on CNN, news articles, blogs etc. Why hide the identity, the same way you did for the “unknown scientist” who invented that pesticide.

    • slice

      August 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      unlike HIV, ebola can in fact be “cured” its just that there is no known cure. Meaning you just try difft things, boost the immune system, take fluids, maintain nutrition and you may survive. no guarantee drug for now.

  11. chicadimples

    August 16, 2014 at 10:18 pm


  12. @edDREAMZ

    August 16, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    This is one big great news no doubt…. Shout-out to them medical team, big love.

  13. FieryRita

    August 16, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Or maybe it’s just God? Maybe it’s nt supposed to kill the fellow? Maybe it’s the person’s time for testimony? There’s a woman in Liberia that survived as well. This goes to show that in the midst of this all, there is hope. I’m happy for the survivor, now go and give God all the praise and glory!

  14. Blue

    August 16, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Y’all need to know that Zmapp, might be the only drug yet, early detection and seeking immediate help, to some extent, has saved lives. at least, there are 2 witnesses/survivors in Liberia. they contracted the virus in 2010 but survived and they are currently helping in hospitals to fight the disease.

  15. Mahmoud

    August 16, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    It’s better to hide their identity so they’re not stigmatized…..from the comments here alone you should understand……people actually survive….why don’t we just be happy and pray the rest survive too….I for one I’m on the moon……we’ll beat this Ebola

  16. Chi

    August 16, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    But remember Ebola is actually curable albeit being a very slim possibility. It all depends on d persons immunity. What actually kills sufferers is dehydration from constant stooling n vomitting. So once the person remains hydrated from d early parts his/her chances of survival is increased tremendously.

  17. Me2me

    August 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Lairrrrrrr. You were trying to kill us faster with some cheap drug. Use the money given to you to help us biko, stop cutting corners. The first drug of choice should have been ZMapp, what on earth were you doing with nano nwanne silvanus? Wicked politicians, you should actually be sacked. If America didn’t say anything your would have administered those drugs and killed them all at once. But I still de laugh my fellow citizens share, person bring a whole Ebola cure, he no come claim am de hide him identity….please which naija blood de that humble?

  18. timiege

    August 17, 2014 at 12:19 am

    It will be well in Jesus Name,Amen

  19. TrueTalk

    August 17, 2014 at 12:23 am

    What is the definition of declared fit ? The virus left the person’s body ? How is that possible when Ebola is said to have no cure ?
    Something sounds fishy here , and this is no time to be deceiving the public.

    • omoobanta

      August 17, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      People need to read more than Linda Ikeji. You can survive Ebola – it’s just that it usually kills it’s victim first. If you are strong enough you can outlast it. Hence the ‘up to 90% death rate’ they keep quoting, meaning not 100% of folks die

  20. bake

    August 17, 2014 at 12:27 am

    wale does this answer all your euthanizing rubbish u have been writing about the federal govt. Thank God for this life

  21. mrs chidukane

    August 17, 2014 at 1:12 am

    People have been known to survive Ebola. Check the figures of people who have contacted it and those that died. You will see that people do survive it. I’m so happy for her!Praise God

  22. Moses Acquaye

    August 17, 2014 at 2:13 am

    We pray its TRUE. If some whites person had no Ebola, like we no go get zmapp.

  23. Daniela

    August 17, 2014 at 5:11 am

    What does declared fit mean ???

  24. Thatgidigirl

    August 17, 2014 at 5:18 am

    What exactly is declared fit? They should spell it out to us, has she been declared ebola free or not? By whom? Does she have the WHO certificate? In the midst of all the bad news, it would be encouraging to see a flicker of hope. About 143 people out of 500ish infected patients have survived in sierra leone, so what we should be campaigning for now is early detection and the right facilities to tend the patients to recovery, not the make shift poultry (quarantine centre) that the govt built like a death sentence for patients……i.e. till we get mzapp.

  25. fleur

    August 17, 2014 at 6:08 am

    “He also announced that the Nano-Silver drug, which was to be used on infected victims, did not meet the requirements of the National Health Research ethics code.” What doe this mean? I am asking because the premise for not using this drug should not only be on an ethical basis but on level of what is known or unknown about it. We should stop speaking in cryptic language. Break it down. The masses are thirsty for information. tell us why e no pass research ethics code. maybe I should stop reading stories about ebola in NIgeria. My BP just dey high dey go with the kind fluffy info I dey read

    • slice

      August 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      the U.S says it contains pesticides.

  26. benny

    August 17, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Gosh. The number 1 haters/detractors and people who want Nigeria to fail at everything are actually nigerians. Why so negative? Why do you want Nigeria to fail soooo bad? Read any post about any positive event in Nigeria and see the negativity that follows it.
    Don’t give me that cliché BS about “this is Nigeria, u know how things work here”. What are you doing to change how things work besides dropping negative comments? U want things to fail sooooooo bad so that u can take the glory of “I told you so”? Really?
    Our government is trying on this one. Let it be. Let us celebrate our successes and wait for good news on the others. Is it so hard? Or an armageddon style situation to justify ur watching too many Hollywood movies is what you are looking forward to? Shame.

    • india

      August 17, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Thank you benny. Inside of acknowledging the great work that is being done to combat this scourge people are just being negative. Some people just thrive on conflict there’s nothing we can do about it but ignore them.

    • Angel

      August 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks benny, don’t mind Nigerians with their stupid mentality.

  27. segun olalere

    August 17, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Tomorrow Dnew will determin

  28. pelly

    August 17, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Praise God! i pray for quick recovery for all the remaining people.

  29. armywife

    August 17, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Some people survive this thats why you are advised not to run when you notice symptoms. If treatment starts early you could survive

  30. onlymewaka

    August 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Kudos to the health team from the health attendants,nurses,lab scientists,pharmacists and the doctors that voluntered to take of the patients. Thank God for the one that survived,and we pray for mor survivors.

  31. Ayishaa

    August 17, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Hmmmm, this guys need to be more detailed. The patient contracted the virus and was declared fit to go home? Did they give the patient drugs or did the patients body fight it?

  32. nonny

    August 17, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Thank God for d good news. Pray dat dey will recover & go back 2 ur various families.

  33. NNENNE

    August 17, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you God. I have been looking forward to this. May the rest of them go home too in Jesus name. Amen..

  34. sandra

    August 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Thank God! I am so proud of my Naija medical people! Honestly this made me smile so much that means this Ebola can indeed be conquered. My people let us work together to kill this monster, God will help us. May His mighty name be praised.

  35. magnus a chuks

    August 17, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    .my fellow Nigerians, dis is nt d time 2 abuse or blame oneself, rather is d time 2 gv glory & honor 2 God. And pray 4 d rest of patients 2 get better

  36. Bumzie

    August 18, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Thank God for divine healing. Many voices raised in prayers for this doctor and God answered.

  37. Tony

    August 18, 2014 at 4:07 am

    Thanks to God who created the doctors who have researched and worked selflessly to reach this stage. We need to be positive. The suspicion and negativity is just too much. When Zmapp was released same negative people said it maybe a ploy to kill Africans just as they said about Ebola.
    Now patient is out of hospital and declaration of fit is quite simple. It means she is free of Ebola, else she would not be left to go home and interact with people. Na too much pidgin di worry wona? Not all people need to go in front of cameras to sound trumpets for being treated.

    Each time i open a subject on BN i have to skip some names because they always spill out garbage.

  38. Flames

    August 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Dis news gives me hope. Thank u Lord

  39. sum1special

    August 19, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Nigeria is doing very well with the ebola disease.i am impressed

  40. Olashile smoos

    August 21, 2014 at 8:04 am

    But i heard d virus is deadly how come patient are niw recovering frm it.OH God help us.

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