A matron who attended to Liberian-born American, Patrick Sawyer in a Lagos hospital before he died of Ebola, is now showing symptoms of the virus.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Dr. Tope Ojo, yesterday, August 5.
Earlier, the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, had revealed that a female medical doctor, who also participated in taking care of Sawyer had contracted the deadly virus.
Ojo who said the female doctor was stable added that, apart from the female medical doctor and the matron, six other people suspected to have been infected with the virus are being quarantined at the IDH, Yaba.
He said, “We know that the infected doctor is stable, however, the matron is showing symptoms too. But everybody, including the experts from the World Health Organisation, are doing all they can.”
According to Punch report, Dr. Ojo said that 30 striking doctors had volunteered to attend to the medical needs of all those with Ebola-related case.
She explained that the NMA was having a challenge getting volunteers to be part of the Ebola Case Management Committee because the doctors are worried over the danger the virus poses to their lives and they need reassurance, while also stressing the need for the government to put adequate measures in place to assure health workers of their safety in stemming the virus.
Meanwhile two American doctors who contracted the disease in Liberia had been given an experimental drug, ZMapp and their condition was said to have improved. According to a report on Bloomberg Businessweek, Nigeria was considering applying for a dose of the experimental Ebola therapy to treat the Lagos female doctor.
Health officials in Lagos revealed that there are 8 suspected cases of infection with Ebola, all these people were in contact with Sawyer, the first victim of the virus in Nigeria.
Ebola is has killed hundreds of people in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and it is spread through body fluids.