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Ebola: Nigerian Health Minister Confirms Death of Nurse



Ebola - August 2014 - 01
NTA News is reporting that the Nigerian Health Minister Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has confirmed the death of the second Ebola victim.

She was a Nigerian nurse who came  in contact with late Liberian-American Ebola victim Patrick Sawyer.

“Nigeria has now recorded 7 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVB).” Chukwu said.

Those who have died include the “index patient” – Patrick who got the virus from his sister and a nurse who treated him.

“All the Nigerians diagnosed with EBV were primary contacts” of Patrick Sawyer, the minister added.

Rest in Peace.


  1. Musa

    August 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    One death already recorded in Nigeria. And more will soon die, You see why i support Donald Trump. The Lagos State Govt have acted stupidly by allowing that Liberia man into Lagos. Now, he has infected other Nigerians with that deadly Virus. LET THEM DIE THERE….. You don’t show such a dumb emotional compassion to people with such virus. #EBOLA is out to wipe out an entire Nation, so we must stop all flights from other west African countries coming into Nigeria. No Sentiment at all, My Opinion.

    • GIGI

      August 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Quit sounding ignorant. The govt didnt know he had the virus, until after he arrived in Lagos. He came for an ECOWAS conference in Calabar. Pay attention to the fact not speculation.

    • Jhennique

      August 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Yeah right!!!! like they had to know first before subjecting everyone crossing the border to checks? e dey show for face???


      August 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm


    • Bills

      August 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm

      The Lagos State Govt does not control the borders or airports, That’s exclusively the duties of the Federal ministry of interior. The state governor specifically urged the FG to shut the borders for now but Abba Morro, the interior minister says it won’t happen. Maybe now that we have recorded the death of a Nigerian, someone will take the necessary actions. May God help us to help ourselves as a nation. God bless Nigeria.

  2. Wale

    August 6, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Patrick Sawyer’s name will forever be etched in the history of our country. It is almost as if he was paid to do this. So sad for the family of this poor nurse and others who with almost certainty will die from this horrible disease in Nigeria. So far over 30,000 and counting have indirectly been affected by Mr.Sawyer’s indiscretion. Seven confirmed infected so far. The speed at which this nurse died is fast though. Sawyer only came into the country less than 20 days ago. Very scary!!!

    • Jhennique

      August 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      i dont doubt he was sent. the ni**a denied ever having contact with anyone that had ebola, the doctors let down their guard and handled the case like malaria. Only for the blood test to reveal ebola. by then it as too late. Twas after his death his wife said he has attended his sister’s burial, she had died of ebola, and he didnt say when he was asked. now see what just one person has caused.

    • Wale

      August 6, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      The gist I heard was that Sawyer was belligerent at the hospital. The female doctor and staff tested him for malaria, hiv etc and they all came back negative. So they asked him again about ebola if he had any contact with it and he said again NO. At this point I am was told he started getting anxious and he actually physically urinated on the first doctor and a nurse, on the floor and the table to prove a point or was just angry??? That was when they called another doctor, the male one and more people to hold him down. I personally belief the Nigerian Government decided to get “rid”of him at that point. He had already done so much damage. For folks back home, are there any public awareness campaign going on? Jonathan should do a major address to the nation, it is not too late to curb this wahala. What we have going for us is that Nigerians are afraid of death naturally, so people have started suspecting everyone else. This is a very good thing, if it helps reduce exposures and make people extra conscious. This is a very random disease that doesn’t discriminate between the rich and the poor, old or young, oyibo or blacks, muslim or christians. The people I actually fear for the most are the elites, since they depend on servants to do everything for them. For those people that are over analyzing at what stage one becomes infectious – GET OVER IT! Do not expose yourselves to other people’s bodily fluids. Full stop! Not even the so-called scientist have the perfect answer, you only have one life, why? do you really one to experiment with it. RUN!!!!

    • Gemstone

      August 6, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      I actually think his act was intentional. He treated his sister and knew he had the virus because the flight from Liberia to Nigeria is only an hour and he could not have just gotten sick on board the plane. Even if he showed no symptoms, that he was with his sick sister should have told him that he was possibly infected. This was an intentional act of malice against Nigeria if you ask me. And then from the media reports, he wanted to continue to Calabar with an active disease!!! Thanks for the doctor that quarantined him. MAy the soul of that nurse rest in peace.

  3. Debby

    August 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    ok ooo…… It is well..

  4. Gold-Yna

    August 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm


  5. Musa

    August 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    In my opinion, the 7 other people who already have the virus should be packaged and send to Liberia. As in, wrap them up in nylon, seal them up. Get an helicopter to lift them back to were that virus is coming from. NO MERCY AT ALL, The life of 100, 5. million people in Nigeria is greater than 7 Ebola effected individuals.

    • LotusFlower

      August 6, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      How insensitive. I’m sure you wouldn’t be saying this if your loved one was among the 7 with the virus. Ship them to Liberia in nylons???? No compassion….

    • Lindsey

      August 7, 2014 at 11:11 am

      You don’t get it do you? This is not a time to be sensitive and compassionate. You, likewise everyone should fear for their lives. I live in the states and trust me no one, no friends or relatives from Nigeria is allowed to visit me until this epidemic is contained. My hairdresser is Liberian she hasn’t been back to Liberia in 15 years but I kukuma cancelled my appointment in case some of her visitors have had contact with infected people. Donald trump was spot on. This is no time to be PC

    • huummm

      August 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      So, the ppl that will wrap them in nylon wouldnt get infected by having hands on contact with them, Moreso, shipping the infected ppl back is ur solution without another cross contermination occuring, right? You are so smart.!!!

    • ade

      August 6, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Musa you are a waste of space…. how did you even access a device to comment here……idiotic comments…..wrap and package yourself out of here…nonsense

    • Ama

      August 7, 2014 at 2:10 am

      You are an ignorant idiot with no brains at all and I hope you get EBOLA you probably live abroad .Idiot of no comparison.SShooooo fly shooo.

  6. bruno

    August 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Almost everyone in nigeria will eventually get this virus who wants to bet, nigerian health care system is very crude and poor. By the way where are all the magician pastors we have in nigeria,

    • Temitope

      August 6, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Stop been ignorant. Lagos state has a much improved medical facility. The case of Mr Sawyer is an unfortunate one, even more pitiful are our health workers that have been infected by Mr Sawyer’s cruel decision.

      Lagos state is on track controlling the death toll to the barest minimum. The hard part is getting to the people that came in contact with Mr Sawyer before they fall ill.

    • Virtuous woman

      August 6, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      There is no need to call for a bet you have already gotten it wrong because not even a considerable fraction of Nigerians will be infected by the virus. However, if you want to get the virus you are free. The good news is you will be surprised that it won’t spread as much as you think.

    • ade

      August 6, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Bruno Im sure you will be part of the ones to get the virus…..stupid comment

    • Shadie

      August 6, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      @bruno pls find a stone and crawl underneath and shrivel away. Insensitive thing.

  7. Fume

    August 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    This is just so so sad. whats happening with the cure?

  8. A Nigerian

    August 6, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Why cant we have the name of this nurse and one can be can never tell who will bump into her or any1 she has bin in contact with please.Even americans didnt hide the name of the two victims that caught the disease from liberia. and now the nurse from nigeria is dead. What kind of country is this?

    • Temitope

      August 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      You need to read more about Ebola. It is only infectious when the carrier falls ill. Let’s just hope all who came in contact with Mr Sawyer are quarantined in time before the disease become transferable.

  9. Musa

    August 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    The Lagos State Government now has a lot of work to do. They should search and catch all the relatives of that Nurse that died, she might as well infected them with Virus. They’re all Number suspect even their Neighbors. Chai! #EBOLA DON SPREAD OOOOOO

  10. C'est moi

    August 6, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    And what about the families of these primary contacts?

  11. yemisi

    August 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    This is so sad

  12. Busarni

    August 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    And where are all those mofos who allow sentiments to override their sense of reasoning. Look at what Sawyer has caused; ban flights, people are saying NO. When it comes to life and death issues, put sentiments aside. God help us all!!!!!

    • Lindsey

      August 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Thank you o.

  13. Musa

    August 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Whoever checked on that nurse and confirmed she was dead is a suspect of the EBOLA as well. The Govt should arrest him immediately. He/she will spread that virus…..No Time , Thats building in which she was confirmed dead, should be demolished immediately. In fact… Cha!

  14. Mz Socially Awkward...

    August 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    This is terribly unfair to the nurse who was doing her job. And so sad for her family, I can imagine the torture of worry they’re now experiencing realizing they’ve come in contact with the virus.

    Nigeria has to get very serious about monitoring the extent of infection and promoting awareness. We’re being informed of this on social media but we form just a small percentage of the masses. Does anyone know if there’ve been proper public service announcements made on the TV stations and radio airwaves in Lagos?

  15. Concerned Citizen

    August 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I can’t believe the heartlessness being shown by those making these comments. Do you seriously think they wished this on themselves? If these were your family members I bet you won’t all be this callous? Yes we take preventive measures but can’t we take a cue from the Americans who care for their own? Yet we sit and blame our government for not caring when we as citizens are no better. I

  16. deb

    August 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    This Patrick Swayer must rot in hades for knowingly&intentionally bringing this sinful virus into nigeria.

    • lol

      August 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Why should he rot in hell??? why do we speak like the uneducated? Did Patrick Sawyer ask to be infected? the Nigerian government should be the one you should be cursing out not the man. We should have stopped flights coming in from infected countries a long time ago especially considering the state of our health system. Do you think if Patrick Sawyer had a choice he would pick death by Ebola virus. The American medical personnel that were both in Liberia that have been infected are currently in stable condition as at this morning. What is the Nigerian government doing?

    • Gemstone

      August 6, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      But his actions strongly suggest intent to infect. WE have seen this with HIV. People get it and feel they should not bear the cross alone. It is why there is HIV counselling for infected persons in countries with responsive health care systems

  17. Kate

    August 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I believe that this can be really contained!…… I strongly believe that. Ha!!

  18. Jemimah

    August 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Contrary to what some ppple tink,Lagos state govt is actually trying and doing deir very best @ controlling dis epidemic. The guy who condemned dem must be ignorant cos I don’t recall that the officials at the point of entry are state employees so if any1 should be blamed itz our immigration officials and the FG who weren’t. Proactive and didn’t provide any form of restriction/protective measure as regards travellers from outside d country esp frm affected west african countries.
    I sincerely hope it is curbed soon cos d rate @ which. It will reck havoc in a city lyk Lagos and a country like Nigeria would be terribly high

  19. d babe

    August 6, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    heard shes a widow,poor woman oh lord pls deliver us from this deadly virus


    August 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm


  21. Libgirl

    August 6, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    People need to be reminded that Ebola was not borne in Liberia. Someone, possibly like Patrick Sawyer, who thought they could get better treatment in Liberia, transferred it to Liberia. Mr. Sawyer was probably thinking the same thing. I’ve been reading Liberian boards and the concern is great, but far from malicious towards the Guinean who took it to Liberia. Not the same on BN towards Liberians. Sorry to say, but many of you are very cruel and ignorant. The worse part is, some of you claim to be so religious.

    • Iris

      August 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      The comments are cruel I agree but I think much of it is borne of frustration. Nigeria is already battling Boko Haram and missing girls and I must point out that people from other African countries made fun of Nigeria’s missing girls on this very blog. More than most African countries we are belittled every day in the media for corruption and incompetence and the fact is ours is ten Times worse than other countries because we are so much bigger. Everything other African countries are guilt of seems ten times worse here. Also this wasn’t a case of an ignorant Guinean walking into another country. Patrick Sawyer was a WASH officer who had watched his sister die of Ebola. As a health officer he should have known he was at risk of having contracted the disease. Not only did he choose to fly, he apparently first denied that he had come in contact with someone who had Ebola. At the end of the day sha no one is more to blame than the govt of Nigeria who chose not to take the threat seriously until someone died of it.

  22. benny

    August 6, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Bruno u need help. Musa u too.
    ebola won’t spread in Nigeria. It won’t.
    Our medical practitioners are heroes for tackling this. Im sure that poor nurse had no idea what had come to her. She was doing her job. May she find peace.
    I trust Fashola’s judgement. I feel safe that it happened in a state with a thinking governor. I don’t mean to be insensitive towards lagosians but do u know what would have happened if this happened in Kaduna?
    We will be fine. I was paranoid last week, not anymore.
    Thanks to everyone risking their lives for the rest of us to live. You will never be forgotten ♥

  23. I go dey laff

    August 6, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    O boy ds ebola don turn another tyn, boys. Nur dey shake hands again even grls na dey wear sweater for hot sun bcos of ds ebola

  24. Flames

    August 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I’m rushing 2 market 2 go and buy enof bitter kola. Better safe than sorry

    • Shadie

      August 6, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      @flames pls educate yourself all the bitter kola in the world would not cure Ebola. Stop spreading your ignorance here for some people might believe you. Ebola has no cure yet and enough of this bitter kola crap.

  25. AYO

    August 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Please don’t let us discuss too much,we never (Nigerian)never expect all these but our Govt should investigate where the woman went to immidately places like Church,Family friends,Where she is working.So we should not blame anybody or the Govt.thanks

  26. chu

    August 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    This reminds me of 24 season 3 where a weaponized virus was released, someone related it to Ebola in the series, watching the people who caught it was so sad, I can only imagine the plight of the victims. My fear is that the government may not have the resources or even wisdom on how to handle such an epidermic. All man must take extra precaution, its well.

  27. Ms.Z

    August 6, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    So sorry about the nurse’s death. May her soul RIP. My concern is this, when she as a health practitioner, (who shld know better the importance of quarantine), started feeling sick and knowing she had been in contact with the Liberian, why did she wait till she was in a serious state before turning herself in? All those times she was symptomatic, she exposed her family and any1 who may have been in contact with her to danger. I pray her family or whoever she was with during those period is safe and May God protect us all and rid us of this virus.

  28. Babytohcute

    August 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Please oh all flights from Lagos to any part of the country should be stopped. Lagosians should remain in Lagos. Just kidding. Everyone should be careful oh.

  29. tunmi

    August 6, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    The guy did not know that his sister had Ebola, he thought it was malaria. Please let us not let our fear cloud our thinking.

    • TA

      August 6, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      And his wife knew her sister in law had Ebola but Mr Patrick didnt. In a country were Ebola was already Endemic o! Even if that were true. When he was was quizzed at the hospital he could have at least mentioned that his sister was ill and died of similar symptoms. How hard is that to say?

  30. natty

    August 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    All I see here is what LASG is doing, what is FG doing ?. Abeg I don’t want to lose any loved one to this deadly virus

  31. Vortex

    August 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Damn! So sad. May God strengthen the families of the fallen. A lot of misconceptions about this virus but large public gatherings still need to be discouraged, at least for now. I’m especially concerned about the ongoing NYSC boot camp thing with the accompanying “foreign elements”, church revivals and the likes…

  32. Dee

    August 6, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    The man is dead and he isn’t here to defend himself so we’ll never know his intentions. Let’s just deal with the unfortunate situation. May the Nurse’s soul rest in peace.

  33. aseye

    August 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    may she find rest with God, and may God help us.

  34. Chi Chi

    August 7, 2014 at 12:34 am

    I knew there was no way they’d be able to curb Ebola in Nigeria. If terrorism and kidnapping didn’t urge you to demand better from your government, maybe this will.

  35. Oscar

    August 7, 2014 at 1:26 am

    To the Nigerian govt please put a public holiday in Lagos to restrict the movement of people for our own good

  36. Leo Tarr

    August 8, 2014 at 7:33 am

    It’s always a tragedy to see people die while attempting to save others. As a Liberian I deeply regret the passing of this Nigerian sister if all that I read so far is in fact true. However, as a good friend of Mr. Sawyer and knowing the kind of brother he was, all of what has been written about him is way out of character and I’m baffled by it. Sawyer was the gentlemen gentleman. He was human being of unique quality. A true diploma that was gifted with a high level of respect for himself, his family and his country. That he got angry, took off his pants and peed on health workers trying to save his life is simply absurd. The Nigerian government should come up with a better lie than this. I strongly believe that Mr. Sawyer was murdered on suspicion of carrying the Ebola virus upon his arrival in Nigeria. For example, why did the Nigerian government take a unilateral decision to crimate Mr. Sawyer’s remains with taking blood tissue for the Liberian or U.S. government to test? First, the Nigerian government alleged that he died with in five days of his arrival to Nigeria but now we are hearing that he died within two days. Which is which? Does this deceased nurse have a name? Why all this secret about reviewing the victim’s name? How can we be sure that this is not an attempt on the part of the Nigerian government to get a piece of the pie (the over $1bn allocated so far by the world bank and the international community to fight this virus. orchestrating Ebola deaths and infections in Nigeria? Until Nigeria can provide some hard evidence to substantiate the government’s claims against Mr. Sawyer, im tempted to only look at this as Nigeria been Nigeria corrupt and greedy even in the mist of tragedy and at the detriment of helpless Nigerian citizens.

    • Anonymous

      August 11, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Please take your judgemental behind away from here. This is why we believe he KNEW what he was doing coming to Nigeria with the virus. Because people like you from other countries have deep hatred for Nigeria and its citizens.

    • tunmi

      August 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      I retract my statement. He knew we had ebola before leaving Liberia. He was being quarantined for it. But he left to come to Nigeria and he works in the department of health in Liberia. This Mab was absolutely callous and careless

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