14 August 2014

Nigeria: Breaking - Another Nurse Dies in Lagos As Doctor Tests Positive

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A doctor preparing to treat patients diagnosed with Ebola.

Four people have now died in Nigeria since Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer brought the virus to the country. Another nurse who attended to Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian national who died of Ebola Virus Disease, at the First Consultant Hospital has died, PREMIUM has learnt.

The nurse, who had been at the B Ward - a male ward which is now referred to as Ebola Ward - of the Yaba Mainland General Hospital, died in the early hours of Thursday.

By 1 p.m., Thursday, a couple of family relatives who are at the hospital were seen wiping away tears and making telephone calls.

Jide Idris, the state Commissioner for Health, who was at the hospital declined to confirm the development to PREMIUM TIMES. The death of the nurse brings to four the number of people who have died of the virus in Nigeria.

News of the passing of the nurse came as the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, a professor, disclosed at a news conference in Abuja that another of the doctors who treated the late Patrick Sawyer has tested positive to the deadly virus.

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