Ebola in Nigeria: How Patrick Sawyer Knowingly Imported Ebola Into Nigeria [Full Story]

patrick-sawyerLiberian Diplomat Patrick Sawyer, the man credited with ‘importing’ Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to Nigeria, ‘knew he was sick’ with the virus before entry to Nigeria. He was also advised by the Liberian Health Ministry not to travel out of the country but he ignored the instruction, flew to Nigeria and died here transmitting the virus to Nigerian medical personnel who offered medical services to him.

 AllAfrica.com gives a very detailed tale of how the Liberian American Patrick Sawyer acted before and after he was diagnosed with Ebola, please read this story and share it:

Barely 24 hours before his death, Patrick Sawyer had a rather strange – and in the words of medical and diplomatic sources here, “Indiscipline” encounter with nurses and health workers at First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of Lagos, a population of some 21 million inhabitants, FrontPageAfrica has learned.

Looking to get to the bottom of Sawyer’s strange ailment on the Asky Airline flight, which Sawyer transferred on in Togo, hospital officials say, he was tested for both malaria and HIV AIDS. However, when both tests came back negative, he was then asked whether he had made contact with any person with the Ebola Virus, to which Sawyer denied. Sawyer’s sister, Princess had died of the deadly virus on Monday, July 7, 2014 at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. On Friday, July 25, 2014, 18 days later, Sawyer died in Lagos.

Back in Lagos, authorities at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende decided that despite Sawyer’s denial, they would test him for Ebola, due to the fact that he had just arrived from Liberia, where there has been an outbreak of the disease with more than 100 deaths.

The hospital issued a statement this week stating that Sawyer was quarantined immediately after he was discovered to have been infected with the deadly virus. In addition, a barrier nursing was implemented around Sawyer and the Lagos State Ministry of Health was immediately notified. Hospital authorities also requested the Federal Ministry of Health for additional laboratory test based on its suspicion of Ebola.

FrontPageAfrica has now learned that upon being told he had Ebola, Mr. Sawyer went into a rage, denying and objecting to the opinion of the medical experts. “He was so adamant and difficult that he took the tubes from his body and took off his pants and urinated on the health workers, forcing them to flee.

The hospital would later report that it resisted immense pressure to let out Sawyer from its hospital against the insistence from some higher-ups and conference organizers that he had a key role to play at the ECOWAS convention in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. In fact, FrontPageAfrica has been informed that officials in Monrovia were in negotiations with ECOWAS to have Sawyer flown back to Liberia.

A text message in possession of FrontPageAfrica from the ECOWAS Ambassador in Liberia, responding to a senior GoL official reads: Your Excellency, the disease control department of the Federal Ministry of Health just contacted me through the hospital now, insisting that Mr. Sawyer be evacuated for now. Pls advise urgently.”

LUTH Lab positive on Ebola

First Consultants said that it then went further to reach senior officials in the Office of the Secretary of Health of the USA who assisted it with contacts at the Centre for Disease Control and W.H.O Regional Laboratory Centre in Senegal. According to the hospital, the initial results from LUTH laboratory showed a signal of possible Ebola virus, but required confirmation.

The First Consultants statement noted that it was able to obtain confirmation of Ebola virus disease, (Zaire strain) after working with the state, federal and international agencies. Sawyer was pronounced dead at 6:50 AM Nigeria time, on July 25 and all agencies were properly notified.

Once the case was officially confirmed, the hospital was temporarily shut down and in-house patients immediately evacuated. Sawyer’s body was subsequently cremated under W.H.O guidelines and witnessed by all appropriate agencies, according to the hospital statement. “In keeping with W.H.O guidelines, the hospital is shut down briefly as full decontamination exercise is currently in progress. The re-opening of the hospital will also be in accordance with its guidelines”, the hospital said.

In the aftermath of Sawyer’s death, both federal and state authorities in Lagos have instituted measures to curb the spread of the disease and quarantining all those who came in contact with Sawyer.

In total, Sawyer reportedly came in direct contact with 59 persons, 44 of whom were at the hospital he was taken to when he fell ill, according to the Lagos State government. The Lagos state government clarified in a statement Monday that Ms. Obi-Nnadozie, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Liberia was not among the 15 people at the airport who had had direct contact with Mr. Sawyer before his death as was initially believed.

 

However, it has been reported that Sawyer came in contact with three ECOWAS officials – a driver, a liaison officer and a protocol officer. Also in the list are two nursing staff and five airport handlers.

Dr. Jide Idris, the Lagos State Health Commissioner, told a news conference this week that 20 per cent of those that came in contact with the deceased had been physically screened. “The private hospital (First Consultants Medical Centre) was demobilized and primary source of infection eliminated. The patient has been cremated and the ash will be transferred to the Liberian government whenever the need arises. Decontamination process in all affected areas has commenced,” Dr. Idris said.

In the aftermath of Sawyer’s death, diplomatic, ECOWAS and medical authorities here are baffled over Sawyer’s deception, especially armed with new information that his sister, Princess had died of the deadly virus and his denial. Finance Ministry sources in Monrovia are in quiet murmur over what they feel was a letdown by Sawyer for not being forthcoming with his peers he worked with.

The ministry has since been temporarily shut down and those who came in contact with Sawyer are on a 21-day forced incubation monitoring process. “All senior officials coming in direct or indirect contact with Mr. Sawyer has been placed on the prescribed 21 days of observatory surveillance,” the ministry said in a statement this week.

FrontPageAfrica has now learnt that Sawyer exhibited similar indiscipline behavior during his sister’s stay at the Catholic Hospital in Monrovia where she was taken because he noticed she was bleeding profusely and was later found to be a victim of Ebola.

Sawyer was seen with blood on his clothing after his sister’s death and had earlier demanded that she be placed in a private room. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf cited indiscipline and disrespect as a key reason why Sawyer contracted the Ebola virus. She said his failure to heed medical advice put the lives of other residents across the nation’s border at risk.

 

60 Comments

  • christy says:

    That man is too devilish and wicked,he is a disgrace to his nation to have even urinate on innocent pple that wish to help him.GOD HAVE MERCY PLEASE.

  • PATO says:

    I knew and had said before in so many words that this man from Liberia deliberately exported EVD to Nigeria. A man who knew he was sick, (the facts are now clear) took a flight straight to Nigeria and here we are, paying dearly for our foolish hospitality.

  • G.O.D says:

    what made those that knew all these in Liberia refused to make it public even in liberia before he was sent, at least he could have been denied the journey by the aieport officials before getting any visa to Niigeria. Mmmccchheeeeeew MEDICINE AFTER DEATH.

  • Viva De Angelo says:

    Nigeria always take reactive measures instead of proactive measures. This would have been avoided if a proactive measure was taken to screen those coming into the country especially from countries where the disease has been recorded. Is a shame the health ministry knew about the prevalent of Ebola in our neighbouring countries and failed to work in concert with Nigerian Immigration Service to forestall the endemic from spreading into Nigeria. Now we are paying for their negligence. Seven persons among about 57 persons that made contact with Sawyer tested positive to Ebola,two are dead. One cannot help but wonder the network of contacts this seven had created and still creating. This is frightening I must say. Now is the time for us God’s elect to seek the face of God and intercede for our country,with God this impending doom will surely be averted.

  • Don Mary says:

    Exporter of Ebola virus to Nigeria , GOD will 4give you

  • odido Rhymez says:

    The only thing I will advice the world health organisation to do is to take Mr SAWYERs family to court. Including his black Burned ashes.. Dey should charge him for. Indicipline,Murder,and much more..

  • viva joephils says:

    Thr is really no change of heart in the grave! This fellow myt roth in hell

  • Mustapha Ahmad Muazu says:

    Very stupid man.

  • Sheila says:

    Like i said before there is a conspiracy somewhere.y is it dat WHO & US came out to talk after d virus hit nigeria to talk abot solution.This is what Liberia wants to pay us with after sending our soldiers for peace keeping in dia con3.Liberia should b sanctioned

  • meims says:

    Ok he is nw dead nd no1 will hear his own side of d story except God…..so pls stop cursing nd tink of Hw to take precautions

  • julieshan says:

    By d grace of d Almighty God creator of heaven and earth we Nigerians shall overcome. Curse be Sawyer and he shall roast in hell 4 he had devilish intention 2 infect 167million Nigerians. We shall overcome Insha Allah

  • inosky says:

    Dis is not d tym 2 Sympathize,all we need nw is d solution givin 2 us by God,Exodus15:26 if u follow dis step Ebola or what u call it will not c u,try it nw.

  • miles says:

    Of all that has been said,my question remains why Nigeria?
    Also the Number of people he’s been said to have made contact with,is the number of known contacts what about the unknown?….may Almighty Allah protect and give us the cure to this deadly disease…Ameen

  • dis ma is worst dan boko haram,hw sure r we dat he was nt even sent by dem? kai.{GOD HAV MERCY ON US ALL}

  • dis man is worst dan boko haram,hw sure r we dat he was nt even sent by dem? kai.{GOD HAV MERCY ON US ALL} BRETHREN U BETA CHANGE UR BAD WAYS N GOOD @ ALL TIME COS DIS DA SIGHN OF END TYM. who knows [email protected] wll happen next. .nobody.DO DA RIGHT TIN @ ALL TIME.

  • dis man is worst dan boko haram,hw sure r we dat he was nt even sent by dem? kai.{GOD HAV MERCY ON US ALL} BRETHREN U BETA CHANGE UR BAD WAYS N GOOD @ ALL TIME COS DIS DA SIGN OF END TYM. who knows [email protected] wll happen next. .nobody.DO DA RIGHT TIN @ ALL TIME.

  • FortuneRiman says:

    First BOKO HARAM, now EBOLA. Later what? In all these, we are more than conquerous for God is in control. Let’s thank Him. Amen.

  • mainas says:

    God won’t allow EVD take over Nigeria.The disease will die a natural dead.

  • Buhari says:

    Oh Allah we know only you can save us from this disease, my dear brothers and sisters let’s just pray to Allah because only he can prevent us, and stop causing one unknown idiot because I believe his soul is already in hell.

  • samuel asalu says:

    dat useles heart harted liberian fat man called patric family nd country should pay 4 transmitin such infected disease 2 nigeria thus he knew dat he was an EBOLA POSITIVE . (so among all d country 4 dis world, na 9ja dis stupid bastard called patric see finish) now people are conterminatin dis infected sickness day and 9t. NIGERIA WILL NEVER FORGIVE THE LIBERIAN MAN CALLED PATRIC BECAUSE HE KNEW THAT HE WAS AN EBOLA POSITIVE,YET HE STILL CAME TO NIGERIA. GOD HELP US

  • Godwyn dungs says:

    Wel mr. Sawyer is gone due 2 indiscipline our govermnt is also indiscipline 4 lettin a man from an ebola captured region in2 d country nw its d poor dat wil pay d price

  • ogirma says:

    God-help-2-eradicate-it-complètely

  • Eze Paddy u says:

    Our compromise may nt hlep us.Dnt forget that the viral organism is 21 days incubation in human system so lets think on any preventive measure from to day to the next 21 days.

  • Ebo pauly says:

    Dat man is so wicked. But I strongly hav the feelings that vry soon the cure will be out. Let’s hold unto God.

  • Even in death he will know no peace.

  • imohpromise ekpo says:

    Nigeria government should take d nation of llberia to cout 4 nt mornitry sawyer every. Move in the country nor 2 tail of leaving d country ad an infected person.

  • Julius Njoku Jnr says:

    Sawyer is an occult man and has been sent by devil to kill Nigerians.but the power of God will contend and overpower them.he is a sign of the 666 sign of the beast

  • Oluderu says:

    I wil neva 4giv Sawyer bcos of his wicked act.

  • alberthrust says:

    Father have mercy

  • ify says:

    Sawyer,chei so na only u waka come?there is God ooo ,n Him alone will judge u

  • Caroline H. Holland says:

    No no, he is not dead. They sent him to America and he is still alive. They gave him a blood transfusion from an ebola survivor in Africa and they also gave him an experimental vaccine in the US.

  • commy says:

    He was an agent of devil,who knows it was some of the agents that were sent to other countries to spread also? God we see us through

  • babee says:

    its a pity that our government could make this error, by allowing sawyer a diplomat from Liberia, a country that has been confirmed for the outbreak of Ebola virus disease,in to the country, may almighty GOD save us from this disease in the country.

  • isa says:

    allahu akbar could dis be d end!? may he see us through…..let us all turn to god amnd reflect on our mis deeds, for no one knows how/when/who dis alien disease could ……….my god

  • joke says:

    Diz man iz so wicked anyway he as gone for bad nd he will recrv iz jugdement for God,nd I am sure dah d nigerians won’t forgive him for iz deadly act,he knew he was tested nd it was Positive nd he iz ebolalised nd wif iz deadly act transferd Ebola into Nigeria nd we shuld nt blame d government bkuz no one iz perfect,all we nid now iz for d Ebola to go nd nt d cure,God help us o we nigerians ar down on our knees seecking for ur mercy nd divine favour for diz deadly virus called Ebola EVD God take perfect control

  • dan Jigawa says:

    Nigeria should declare war on dis country n start bombin dem

  • pastor good says:

    He already suffering in d walls of hellfire.He will never go free at all.

  • orakwelu says:

    Patrick, na satan go punish u for dat ya grave wey u go soon enter.

  • samuel Linus says:

    By name of the father and the son and the holy spirite I rejet Ebola disasea into my life, my parent and any relation and my friends in Jesus name Amen.

  • Gabriel says:

    The deed is done, let us leave God God to judge. All we need now is to look up to Christ in whom we are safe and wish we live long life and health. He is the golden fiery serpent hung up for as many that will look up to Him even ig ebola VD attacks. Let us calm our mind, Christ is ever there for us all.

  • samuel Linus says:

    In the name of the father and the son and the holy spirit I rejet Ebola disases in my life, paerent,relation and friends in Jesus name Amen.

  • Suggestions! God The Almighty Has destined that late Sawyer will export this deadly virus (EVD) into Nigerian soil, so we can prevent this from happening but what remain to us is to pray harder, take all necessary precaution and lastly government should provide adequate facilities to conquer these virus from spreading into our soil. I pray to Allah the Almighty to protect our religion, country, lives, properties, health and so on against any evil amen!

  • anita acha says:

    God will definately punish dat idiot n his funny looking face he is already in hell.Devil will also punish him n gov.should not allow them to come to dis country for ever afterall we ve got notin to do in dat their riched country so should stay away from us .And they should not be sending our army to go fight for them let dem stay n die of ebola n war

  • jessy ama says:

    God hv merch on us….

  • jessy ama says:

    Dis man is very wicked may God hv mercy on us we Nigeria.

  • tolulope olusola says:

    importer of Ebola u will not see heaven to enter I pray may GOD see us through in Nigeria *^▁^*

  • prof j j says:

    Dat will never have peace in his entire death for the pains he has brought to dis country, ok well his country knew dat such sickness killd d sister why did thEy not remove his name from dose chosen to Nigeria? God go answer all of una

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  • Kelechi says:

    He was very selfish and mean spirited to knowingly give us an Ebola scare and possible Ebola outbreak. I pray that we are able to get through this, with minimal loss of life. Thank you for posting the truth so that we know.

  • adeyemi david says:

    hmmmmmmmmm only GOD can save us if a siner is reapin thre evil deed d gud felow always share frm it. lets stndup in unity nd ask GOD to forgiv us if not another one is aheeeeeeaddddddddddddddd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Roy says:

    My question is: what did he come to do in Nigeria?

  • Gen AB says:

    Evry disapointment is a wornin to Nija

  • Reuben Jatau says:

    Now where will his foolish act lead him to??? What a wicked heart! He did with innocent people’s blood on his hands & he will be judged according to his deeds.

  • FK says:

    I think its the end of the warld where by jesus said they wll un known deaseses

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