Health Workshop | 19 August 2014 10:02 CET

Four More Patients Cured & Discharged from Ebola Center in Lagos

By Julia Blaise

The Nigeria Health Minister, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu has disclosed that four more patients have been certified clean and discharged from the Ebola Isolation center in Lagos, after undergoing treatment for the deadly disease. The four patients include two male doctors, the nurse who had earlier escaped from the isolation center and ran to Enugu and a female patient who was on admission at the time Patrick Sawyer was hospitalized at the First Consultant Hospital. The news of their discharge was disclosed in a statement released today by the Minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu and signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Mr. Dan Nwomeh.

See statement after the cut...

"The Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has announced that four additional confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease who have been managed successfully and are now disease free have been discharged home today.

"They include two male medical doctors and one female nurse. The three participated in the treatment of the index case while the fourth person was a female patient at the time the index case was on admission. This brings to five the total number of patients diagnosed with Ebola Virus Disease who have now been discharged from hospital.

On Saturday August 16th, the Health Minister announced that the first Nigerian to be diagnosed of EVD, a female doctor, had been discharged after she was treated and certified cured.

The Minister also stated that the total number of cases of the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria remained at 12 while the number of deaths from the disease was four and that the number of people under surveillance in Lagos is 189 while in Enugu is 6.

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