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“Patrick Sawyer denied having contact with anyone that had Ebola” – First Consultant Hospital



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First Consultant Hospital, the facility in Lagos that treated Ebola victim – Patrick Sawyer, has released a statement detailing what happened while he was being treated.

The statement, as reported by Punch, reveals that Sawyer denied having contact with anyone who had Ebola Virus:

A 40-year-old gentleman came into the hospital with symptoms suggestive of malaria (fever, headache, extreme weakness) on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was fully conscious and gave us his clinical history and told us he is a Senior Diplomat from Liberia. Laboratory investigations confirmed malaria whilst other test for HIV, Hepatitis B&C were negative. He was admitted and treatment commenced.

However, due to the fact that he was not responding to treatment but rather was developing hemorrhagic symptoms we further questioned him. He denied having been in contact with any persons with EVD at home, in any hospital or at any burial.

Having treated for malaria with no significant improvement, the management carried out tests for possible infectious hemorrhagic disease, especially Ebola, based on fact that he was from Liberia, which had recently witness Ebola outbreak.

We refused for him to be let out of the hospital in spite of intense pressure, as we were told that he was a senior ECOWAS official and had an important role to play at the ECOWAS convention in Calabar, Cross River State.

The initial test results from LUTH laboratory indicated a signal of possible Ebola virus, but required confirmation.

We then took the further step of reaching out to Senior Officials in the office of the Secretary of Health of the United States of America who promptly assisted us with contacts at the centres for Disease Control and World Health Organisation Regional Laboratory Centre in Senegal.

Working jointly with the State, Federal Agencies and International Agencies, we were able to obtain confirmation of Ebola (Zaire strain), (WHO Regional Center Lab-Senegal/Redeemes lab/LUTH Laboratory). He afterwards died on July 25, 2014 at about 6.50am.

All agencies were promptly notified and in consultation with WHO, Regional Ebola Virus Disease Centre in Conakry, Guinea and Best Practices, we commenced temporary shut down of the hospital with immediate evacuation of in-house patients.

The appropriate professional removal of the body and its incineration under WHO guidelines, witnessed by all appropriate agencies was carried out.

In keeping with WHO guidelines, the hospital is shut down briefly as full decontamination exercise is currently in progress.

We hope that by our action of preventing this gentleman from being extracted from our hospital and traveling to Calabar we have been able to prevent the spread of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria.


  1. Meggi

    August 24, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    God will have mercy on us all.

  2. bruno

    August 24, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    A round of applause for nigerian healthcare workers (first time), as for you patrick sawyer what is the different between you and a suicide bomber, nothing

  3. jinkelele

    August 24, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    no words anymore…no words

  4. lol

    August 24, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    erm, havent we already read this story like a million times already?

    • Iris

      August 25, 2014 at 12:56 am

      What we heard before were unconfirmed stories. This is an official statement so if any idiot comes to talk about people judging Patrick Sawyer or if his wife says he wasn’t reckless we have the hospital’s statement to back it up. Given the circumstances, the hospital did a fantastic job. If this deplorable human being had made it to Calabar and the spread had started from there our story would have been a lot worse than it is now.

    • Shao

      August 25, 2014 at 5:09 am

      A million more times won’t hurt

  5. chincobee

    August 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Just so sad it happened the way it did.but we stl thank God he dint get to calabar,wld av been anoda story entirely .And as for sawyer,i leave you to God

  6. deb

    August 25, 2014 at 12:01 am

    Thank you. May the soul of those he infected rest in peace and may Patrick Swayer’s soul. never find peace amen. #doineveil with intention of affecting the lives of others. He committed an offence I will label implied murder…

  7. Author Unknown

    August 25, 2014 at 12:09 am

    And while First Consultant Hospital is on this image PR drive, I would like to know how your staff managed to contract Ebola. My understanding is that Ebola is not air borne. I am also assuming your staff used gloves and followed general medical hygiene protocol in treating Mr. Sawyer prior to the Ebola diagnosis. How then did they still get Ebola? I’ve always wondered, and I think an explanation would be beneficial to all. If all we’re being asked to do is wash our hands, why didn’t that suffice? I know hindsight is 20-20, but… RIP to all health care workers that have passed away from this horrible disease.

    • onre

      August 25, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Ebola is also airborne

    • bla

      August 26, 2014 at 7:32 am

      Are the ebola protective suits the same as the usual health care worker’s uniform. The hospital had no clue that they were dealing with a lying man filled with greed. Yes, he lied to them despite knowing he had the freaking disease. If he had told them that he had ebola, do u think more protective measures wouldn’t have been taken.

  8. Fleur

    August 25, 2014 at 12:49 am

    WHat are doing about supporting the Adadevoh family? Now the husband is ill we need to support the son.

  9. Musing.

    August 25, 2014 at 1:00 am

    This Sawyer guy remains a mystery to me till date. Why insist on moving around when you know you had the virus. Why oh why did you do this to Nigeria?

  10. NNENNE

    August 25, 2014 at 2:18 am

    When I think of what could have been, I get goose flesh. All I Can Say Is Thanks To God , the management and staff of first consultant’s hospital.

  11. Dizzy

    August 25, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Very efficient and commendable actions. To be honest I’m very impressed with the way the medical sector has been handling this outbreak.
    Including using different tactics to force the doctors to call of their strike.
    BN please if you can include the key players in containing this outbreak (if you are aware) that would really be appreciated.

  12. anonymous

    August 25, 2014 at 6:33 am

    I don’t believe a single word of this press statement about taking proper measures to prevent spread of the disease by the management of First Consultant hospital. If only you have used their service before would you know that they would say or write anything for their PR. They were careless with my life and my baby’s, and am scared for life

    • bunmi

      August 25, 2014 at 9:59 am

      please tell me more? what happened?

    • Africhic

      August 25, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Sorry about your baby. But I had my surgery there a few years ago and they seemed very professional.

  13. 37clues styling

    August 25, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Thank You.

  14. O g o

    August 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Is not time to lay blames,the important thing is on how to control it from spreading futher.allow the man’s spirit to rest.

  15. Ihyyy

    August 25, 2014 at 8:47 am

    The man was wicked indeed. He had plans to really infect the nation since he refused to admit he had the virus. I hope he is proud of himself wherever he is

    • mulikat

      August 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      in hellfire.

  16. sweety

    August 25, 2014 at 11:50 am

    …..and the wife said he came 4 treatment? so y did he have to deny if he wasn’t out to kill Nigerians? You wont rest in peace,u ds suya (sawyer) of a man!

    • mulikat

      August 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

      Sawyer will not rest in peace,and wife,children,mother all families member will not have peace in this world,no love and rest of mind.Sawyer hellfire always put on fire on ur wicked soul,killer,what did nigeria innocent people do to you,why cant u travell back to USA,where you come from,any way satan is always a satan,is their to kill bring pain to innocent people.

  17. Zip

    August 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    To the one who asked about wearing gloves and washing of hands, it goes beyond wearing gloves when attending to a px with EVD, have you not seen the full protective gear healthcare providers at MSF for example put on? Ur entire body shd be FULLY COVERED even the eyes. With EVD, gloves will not suffice.
    May the souls of Adedavoh and Ejelonu rest in peace!!!

  18. baby

    August 25, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    no wonder the doctor and others caught the virus…….how careless of them…as soon as this epidemic hit west africa we should have started preparing ourselves….the ebola virus had been in the news and u have someone coming from an epidemic zone and u dont take necessary precautions? no excuse for that, that is why i don’t share all these sentiments of calling the doctor a hero……..we are so slack about a lot of things and never proactive in this country…..they must have used their bare hands to do alot before getting the test result……..i am not happy anyone died but we have to learn to be more proactive in this country……

  19. lusciouskels

    August 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I commend your efforts but I still ve reservations as to why u people didn’t suspect Ebola from onset knowing dat d man is coming from Liberia and dat Ebola ve been in dat country as far as since February.. at least as a hospital dat u should know abt d epidemic in Liberia so ur 1st response to him would ve been to quarantine him even before administering any form of treatment be it Maleria drug etc.. but d deed s done so I jus hope dat this desease disappears as fast as it came!

  20. pelly

    August 25, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    i commend the medical team for curtailing mr sawyer. he would have caused more harm. i pray that the other ill people recover in Jesus name.

  21. asgrl

    August 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Monday quarterbacking is great. From behind our computers we can ask why didn’t they or they should have. Was Patrick yelling from the airport that he was from Liberia and had been in contact with Ebola? No, they actually had to investigate his story which was made harder by the fact this man was lying. In the meanwhile the appropriate level of urgent care was provided to him while using GLOVES!

    And we know GLOVES do not protect you from the transmission of EVD.

    Fault falls with 1) The Liberian govt for allowing their infected official to travel 2) The Nigerian government for not closing its borders with outbreak countries! We still haven’t closed our borders.

    The Nigerian government should sue the Liberian Government for Malicious Negligence and provide the proceeds to all who have been impacted by this. We probably won’t see a dime from Liberia but a suit in World Court would make a statement!

    This was a systematic and woeful failure on the part of the Liberian Government.

  22. real

    August 25, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Author unknown & co, take it easy. Give them credit. To them it was like malaria & they treated him like a regular patient. All these protective covering was not been used except in d countries with ebola cases.( Not even our oyibo people) No boarder was closed & no travel ban. The thermometer & stethoscope used on him must hv been touched by a health care worker or even used on another patient. In my own opinion, FCH opened the eyes of the world. They saved millions of people around d world. Imagine an African with fever in Europe & co, d next thing u hear is quarantine.

  23. Jo

    August 25, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Over sabi people. a doctor treats you based on information you provide

  24. ecart

    August 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    They suspected malaria and treated him for malaria initially so am guessing they were not wearing gloves etc when they found out he had iy am sure it was already late and they had already been exposed. Although I don’t understand how the secondary contacts are testing positive since primary contacts were already quarantined before they became symptomatic.

  25. Gilda

    August 25, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    So why are u all insulting the man? Was he supoised to know he had Ebola? And how will he have known he’s been in contact with an infected Ebola person? Stop the conspiracy theories for once and look at the man as human like u with a family. Smh!

    • chidinma

      August 26, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Wht re u talkin abt mr man…Patrick knew he has Ebola bcos his sister dead of Ebola virus and he was with his sister b4 she pass on.he was a primary contact,he knew vry well.his a wicked man

  26. amber

    August 26, 2014 at 1:09 am

    From others sites especially in that region eyes witnesses say he fliped out at the news he tested positive for ebola and jerked his iv out squarting blood on the staff and he also purposely urinated on the staff.

  27. isima richards

    August 26, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Way to go! thank you so much for saving millions of nigerians.

  28. Titi

    August 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    @ Gilda you’re a big fool, with your empty brain, Patrick knew he had ebola, he knowingly brought it to Nigeria, his sister died of ebola, thats how he got the disease, his cloth was stained with blood from his infected sister, thats how he got the virus. get your facts right please and stop supporting this evil doer he is no different from a suicide bomber just like @ bruno said.

  29. Titi

    August 27, 2014 at 11:45 am

    @ Gilda you’re a big fool, with your empty brain, Patrick knew he had ebola, he knowingly brought it to Nigeria, his sister died of ebola, thats how he got the disease, his cloth was stained with blood from his infected sister, thats how he got the virus. get your facts right please and stop supporting this evil doer he is no different from a suicide bomber just like @ bruno said.

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