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.