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News went quite viral on social media yesterday Wednesday 27th August that a medical doctor in Port Harcourt, Rivers state died from the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

Today Thursday 28th August 2014, the Minister for Health Onyebuchi Chukwu confirmed the report.

This is the first case of the virus and death outside Lagos.

The doctor died after treating a patient who came in contact with Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer.

“Following the report of this death by the doctor’s widow the next day, the case had been thoroughly investigated and laboratory analysis showed that this doctor died from EVD (Ebola Virus Disease),” Chukwu told reporters.

 

58 Comments

  1. bruno

    August 28, 2014 at 10:41 am

    “Only one case of ebola in nigeria” the health minister is a liar and a very dangerous one.

    • Fre

      August 28, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Lol, this Bruno’s ignorance(lack of another word 🙁 ) cracks me up.
      At the time the health minister made the statement, it was only one case – to their knowledge.
      And then, this was discovered!

    • Austin guidiotti

      September 1, 2014 at 12:50 am

      This is just a pestilence showing the sign of the end, so my advise to u all is to repent and give your life to christ

  2. Glowing

    August 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

    There’s need for those who have made contact with him to be Quarantined though. May God Help us in Jesus name, Amen.

  3. porsh

    August 28, 2014 at 11:09 am

    The diplomat should be made to face the law for his stupid act. He’s one of the bad eggs we have in the government and for the doctor good for him , that the result he got for his selfish act.

    • ade

      August 28, 2014 at 11:25 am

      I tire oooo. Y r all dis diplomats like dis. Are dey here to kill all of us, after hearing d good news in lagos of only one case remaining and stable now dis. D doctor was just greedy,am sure he was offered a huge sum dats y he did it. God save us all oooo. D people of ph shld just coperate like people of lagos to help contain it as much as possible

    • ak

      August 28, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      lol let them wait for him to survive the ebola first before they try him o!

      Because this Nigeria apparently has some stupid people

  4. Vue

    August 28, 2014 at 11:09 am

    What is the doctor’s name?
    Which hospital was he working in?
    You people should stop carrying unhelpful news. He died since 22nd of August and news only broke yesterday?
    #Alarmbella

    • Bella

      August 28, 2014 at 11:49 am

      than you o, so why didn’t they give him the same medicine that helped the oyinbo doctor?

    • Yellowrose

      August 28, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      The news was first confirmed by the Rivers State Commissioner for Health Dr. Sampson Parker, this morning in a press conference. Is that proof enough for you? Shine your eyes O, make u no go contract am due to doubt and unbelief.

    • Fre

      August 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      News only broke yesterday when it was confirmed it was Ebola.
      Why would news break before then otherwise?

  5. Deebabe

    August 28, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I thot affected patients were only in Lagos, where has this doc been all these while and has his immediate family been tested? where did the doc treat the patient who was in contact with Patrick Sawyer, Lagos or PH? so many questions to be answered.

  6. chuka

    August 28, 2014 at 11:18 am

    This will amount to criminal negligence if anyone else catches this dusease in Port Harcourt from contact with this PH Doctor. Right from the outset, we heard rumours in PH that someone fled Lagos to the city after coming in contact with the index case. What did our officials do about this news? We only got assurances from the state and federal agencies and all relevant government organs that Rivers State and indeed PH was free of the scourge. We were careful, but our level of care would have been more if we knew the true picture.

    I had gone to a hospital here in PH a while back and was appalled at the low level of caution by the medical personnel. When i tried intervening, the response was that there was no known case of Ebola in PH. And now this. I have been in and out of hospitals these past two weeks and although i tried my best to get the best in cautious care, i did not always succeed and on one occassion i could tell there was a compromise in the expected standard- but i would have done more if the information had been out there that we had suspectd ebola case in the state.

    Nigeria, what a counntry! Even the Governor was still prevaricating only yesterday with vital information that could be saving many more Nigerian lives now. God save us. Better to listen to rumours now and be safe than rely on official channels and regret.

  7. mkkleelee

    August 28, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Buh seriously,we should know the hospital details and all!patiets that this doctors have treated since he came back to ph,pple he has had contacts wv.

  8. Debby

    August 28, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Kai…. The struggle continues… The dipolmat should face law and should be sentenced, evil man!

  9. Foxy

    August 28, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I said it just yesterday! This government is extremely wicked, misleading Nigerians into thinking the epidemic has been controlled. Now the truth is out. God help us all.

  10. ade

    August 28, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Can BN stop using ebola pictures from other countries while talking of ebola please

  11. Foxtrot

    August 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    My understanding is that it takes abotu 2 days to confirm a test sample. By inference this means that the health minister should have been aware that there was another sample being tested when he “technically” gave us his assurance that the disease was under control and that only 1 person is being treated for EVD. Someone in the ministry of health did not escalate this issue to the Minister and that person should be fired! 🙁

  12. Truth

    August 28, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Sahara reporters actually broke the news yesterday. The diplomat fled Lagos to PH. The doctor was treating him in a hotel! The doctors hospital and that hotel have been shut down. It was also reported that the diplomat didn’t die but that doctor did. 70pple have been quarantined. Source: Sahara reporters

  13. Wale

    August 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Well, oh well…what else is new, is it not the Nigerian Government? I rolled my eyes a few days ago when they declared they’ve contained it. And I wrote here- they said the same of BH three years ago-‘we have contained it” When this administration tells you something discount it by 90% and then minus a few more. The minister should have just said we will watch for a few more weeks and then declare victory(of course with continued border control and public awareness campaign) This is the case we know…incompetent fools. Like someone rightly asked above, we need to know the name of this Liberian guy, the name of the doctor so all his other patients treated after or during this period can be found and monitored. The public need to be alerted etc. I still believe they need to find the cab driver that took Patrick sawyer to the hospital. Something about that episode is still unsettling, mainly because there was a case in Lagos of a sick guy that was exhibiting Ebola symptoms and no one wanted to help him a few weeks ago. That story died, not sure the LSG investigated it.
    What happened to the NNPC woman that just had a baby and was the first person attended to by the mama matron(1st nurse older nurse that died at First Consultant)?
    I am more concerned about this latest one, though. Who else did the Liberian guy #2 infect on his way to PH, how did he get to PH? How come the doctor got it, but the Liberian guy was cured—strange?The doctor in PH didn’t just up and died one day, he must have been sick, he was a doctor and should have known better. Was the money worth risking his life and his wife and God knows who else now in this latest saga? Like I said, we should give it to the end of September to see if new cases will spring up. Now, a new set has sprung… We should had another month, so until the end of October. I think delaying school resumption date is a very smart idea, but they may have to postpone it one more time, as we continue to watch attentively…
    On a side note-Liberians are collectively stubborn people, I wonder if it is genetic because they evolved from hardcore freed slaves. We ought to ban them for life and send back any Liberians living in that country back to their homeland. Gosh!!!

    • porsh

      August 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      You don’t have to blame the government for everything especially in this case. We citizens have an important row to play in making eradicating this EVD, the doctor should be blamed for not raising an alarm and for his greediness.

    • someone

      August 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      No one said the ph diplomat is from Liberia. It seems he’s Nigerian

    • Pacey

      August 29, 2014 at 1:56 am

      How is such xenophobia even allowed to be aired in public?

    • me2me

      August 29, 2014 at 10:28 am

      No need blaming the government here please. They can’t be blamed for an individuals stupidity

  14. [email protected]

    August 28, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    of course the information that only one case was remaining is crap!!!! The minister should be fired for misleading the nation

  15. india

    August 28, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    With all news going around about Ebola you would think the doctor would be smart and take precautions to send the guy BACK to Lagos. Now he has paid the ultimate price and probably caused more people to be infected that would not have been otherwise. What a different between this man and Dr. Adadevoh.

  16. Emeka Onuoha

    August 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    So Bruno what has the health minister done that you would call him names is he the diplomat that scorned or is he the greedy Dr that was treating a patient secretly in an hotel for Ebola.Well i don’t get why the shallow in reasoning before you type your comment please make sure you are making sense and not calling names indiscriminately please be cautious God will deliver Nigerians from this EVD and we also have to be very vigilant and live a clean and neat life.

  17. ify

    August 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    what the doctor’s children?

    • ify

      August 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm

      they need to be verified if he has any.. God help nigeria

    • Osan

      August 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Exactly Ify. Just imagine if school was in session and his kids show up at school?

  18. Gabriel C.

    August 28, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    This was avoidable.

  19. disgruntled¡¡¡

    August 28, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    So another liberian has caused an epidemic in another Nigerian state by not waiting to be cleared. Do these people have a problem with obeying simple laws.? That doctor will endanger a lot of lives cos a follow up of contacts was not done immediately. This is horrible to say the least. We need to get past ebola and focus on the girls and the insurgency. Now let me see how that talk talk rotimi Amaechi ll handle this.

  20. Chuma

    August 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    ” The late doctor then took him to a hotel for treatment.

    As a result of this, 70 people have been quarantined. The doctor’s hospital, Good Heart Hospital in Rivers State, has been shut down. The unnamed hotel, where the secret treatment took place, has also been shut down.” ….Sahara Report.

  21. Uju

    August 28, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    I never believed that for a second there was just one case left. Nigerians like sweeping things under the carpet……….serious things for that matter.

    Oh well, we ve been sweeping things under it and it hasn’t yet overflown so I guess there’s room for one more thing among the rest like Boko haram, corruption, insecurity, etc

    If you say the truth nobody will listen to you. It seems we prefer the lies. The sooner we tell ourselves the truth in this country and deal with this menace head on , the better.

    Sack that health Minister!!!!

    • Vivian Oge Eze

      August 28, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Pls,this is not the time to aportion blames to the Health minister,instead let us get on our knees and all hands must be on deck as regards checking on the doctors family…The doctor was wrong to have taken such unproffessional act..He’s gone but he’s greedy.

    • Vivian Eze

      August 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Stop blaming anyone now,instead let’s get on our knees and the doctord family shd be quarantined immediately.For the doctor he acted unproffessionally just for selfish n greed.

    • Trina

      August 28, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      Nigerians and “let’s not blame anyone”. But we should get on our knees abi?

      That’s exactly what our reckless leaders rely on…religous balderdash. Nigerians will let plane crashes, kidnappings and terrorist bombings go because we just have to “put our faith in God” and “stop blaming anyone”.

      If you want to get on your knees, then by all means do so. Faith in God is a great thing. BUT please blame must be apportioned to whom the cap fits. This Minister has been giving us half-truths and suspicious information from the get go. It’s ridiculous!

    • Pacey

      August 29, 2014 at 2:00 am

      Let’s start with a sacrifice to Soponna.

    • me2me

      August 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Sack what minister? How would he have known that someone didn’t own up to having contact with Sawyer. You guys share just like to talk without checking your facts

  22. timmydre

    August 28, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    This info got to my phone a few minutes ago :
    “AGPMPN R/S: EBOLA IN PH. Dr. Iyke Sam Enemuo of Samstel clinic at Rumuokoro , new AGPMPN member said to have treated secretly in a hotel in Ph a diplomat and primary contact of Patrick Sawyer. Fell ill days later. .started vomiting and stooling blood..rushed to Good heart hosp EVO rd.GRA, died there..last Fri. His blood preserved by Good heart tested +ve for Ebola today. Both Samstel and Good heart hv bn closed. 70 contacts quarantined..200 more being traced.”

  23. I no send

    August 28, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Shaaaaaaarap dia emeka (aka sent by health minister) you always come hear to talk rubbish to support ur minister instead of proffering useful solutions which will alleviate mass hysteria….this is not the 1st time…chop kiss Wale cos you spoke the mind of majority

  24. belle ange

    August 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    This news has really depressed me oh. Am so scared and in tears. Should i wear gloves and walk the street of port harcourt? How do I deal with d taxi man and my change? Will he agree to open and close the door after squeezing three people at d back seat? How careful can I be after sanitizing?

  25. dotty

    August 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    heyyyyyy…….Nigeria has contained Ebola! was it contained in sack or nylon? ndi ara! chineke saa aka chelu umugi!

  26. Fre

    August 28, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    So the gist is that this doc hid the diplomat in a hotel the whole time administering ‘trial and error’ treatment, hoping he will discover the cure (and win a nobel laureate, yay!!)

  27. Anu

    August 28, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    I’m getting tired of all these half info, so it was reported the doctor died of EVD what follows, have all his contacts been identified, have they been quarantined and tested, how was it he was treatig a contact of Sawyer and it’s just now being reported? was he aware his patient had EVD?

  28. Jojo

    August 28, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Hello Mr minister,
    about the funds you were given to fight ebola but were eager to redirect to car purchasing, now please do your work and set up a centre of excellence for disease control treatment and containment center

  29. Shadie

    August 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    This so called ignorant health minister told the Nation there is only one caseof Ebola in Nigeria and now a few days later this same reckless, irresponsible health minister from a clueless corrupt PDP party with an olodo and dullard Oga at the helm of affairs, now tells us that a doctor has died of EVD in PH after treating a patient that came in contact Patrick sawyer. Bia nwoke m, stop spreading false information to cover up your embezzlement of the 1.9bn meant for the Ebola fund under the disguise that you purchased some vehicles and equipments for your ministry. The President is still to say something after that press conference you gave regarding that money or could it be that you people are playing politics with this Ebola to score points for the 2015 elections at the risk of our lives. After all politics is a very dirty game and the players are soulless .

  30. Ephi

    August 28, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    By the way, why is the name of the diplomat not being made public? He really should be named and shamed. Nonsense. I’m so pissed. Just when we thought we had a handle on the situation, now this!!

  31. faraday

    August 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Pls what is the next step? Shld we start using hand glooves and waterproof to cover our bodies? May God help and see us through in these ebola epidemic.

  32. fleur

    August 28, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I knew Nigeria could not handle simple epi tracking. I knew it. I am sure there are many cases but we wont know about them until we have a critical mass of people dying. By then we will be in the state Liberia is in right now. Our people simply love money too much to care for themselves. Late Mr Enemuo (you should have your MD stripped post mortem) I hope you are happy now that you have potentially exterminated your family, friends and patrons. For how much? Did the money buy you a casket? Dem dey bury Ebola people for nice casket? Greedy Naija

  33. jirla

    August 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

    The “diplomat” should be arrested for endangering lives there is no difference between him and Patrick Sawyer! So he knew all this while and kept quiet. For the all the heartache and anxiety he is now causing not to talk of deaths he can not be allowed to sit in his house and enjoy his life.

  34. debbie

    August 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Infact as long as ebola is in Ph and logos I believe that it is in every state in Nigeria bcos u can’t tell me that the ebola victims hasn’t been traveling, and touching ppl including dia family members

  35. presh

    August 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    for real, a doctor at samstel hospital, rumuagholu portharcourt died of ebola virus

  36. Emeka Onuoha

    August 29, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Shadie you are very shallow and ignorant i am not surprised you likes are present here Bruno and i no send birds of feather tell me what has the minister done wrong ignoramus.

  37. nike

    August 30, 2014 at 1:26 am

    All of you talking ignorantly i have a simple question for u all. If u contact the ebola virus what will u do? I bet u majority of u will hide it like the diplomat.

  38. MAE

    August 31, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    It is unfortunate that we Nigerians dont look quite objectively into issues. I dont want to say there are no unanswered questions on the part of the Health ministry but the thing is, the doctor and the diplomat koye are one of the Nigerian who are interested in nothing about the welfare of the public. Their truancy and lack of committment to public health is a reproach and I bliv the doctor got what he deservedbut the diplomat needs to b tried and punished according to the law. I think it might be too harsh to point fingers at the government in this matter for as we know, it takes u and I to make the government and it is only one who have no reverence for the fact that would venture into such act that Koye and the doctor indulged. Well if u think accusing the minister is the right thing to do, for his non-transparency, then i guess u may stand on the same platform with those goons if u find yourself in their situation. in conclusion, let us endeavor to gather our facts to the apogee in order to avoid jumping into flat and despicable conclusions, think objectively. God bless Nigeria

  39. chy

    August 31, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    All dis talk talk is only God wil help us, De driver that carried those infected pple do we know him, de hotel where he stay pple dat work there do we know if they are our neighbour or our relations, we just need to be prayerful

  40. Joey

    September 1, 2014 at 2:57 am

    No need of all the blames alocated to anyone. everyone should hold unto God like neva before . And setup personal hygiene. And pray not to fell sick cause you don’t even no the doctor your meeting. But how careful can we be. Using a cab, exchanging greetings. Or what. The hostel life no privacy, all of that. May God help us

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