The Lagos-based medical doctor who attended to the American/Liberian man, Mr. Patrick Sawyerr, who was flown into Nigeria through the Lagos airport has tested positive to Ebola Virus Disease.
The Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, saying that 'about eight other persons who came in contact with the Liberian that developed symptoms have been quarantined while 70 others are under surveillance.'
Chukwu said that the federal government is reinforcing the technical working group on Ebola to embrace the thirty-six state governments and not just Lagos alone.
He also used the occasion to douse the public fears about the corpses that were brought into Anambra and Imo states from abroad saying that 'medical records have proved that the Imo corpse was not carrying Ebola while test is being carried out on the Anambra corpse.'
'We are collaborating with all the state governments to establish isolation wards for persons proven symptomatic to Ebola and a twenty-four hour emergency operation centre,' he said.
Meanwhile, the federal government has inaugurated an Ebola Treatment and Research Group with the mandate to carryout research on Ebola, receive and verify claims towards curing Ebola, collate and analyse researches on Ebola while advising government as may be appropriate.
The group has the director-general, Nigerian Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development and the director-general of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research as chairmen.
The Nigerian-US based researcher who had found evidence of Bitter Kola inhibiting the growth of the Ebola Virus in a laboratory, Prof. Maurice Iwu and the director-general of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control are members of the group among others.
Prof. Chukwu said, 'thought the research on bitter kola was not concluded, no progress can be made without research. For now, there is no scientifically proven vaccine or drug for the treatment of Ebola.'