Another health workers working at the private hospital in Obalende, Lagos, where Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian man who died from Ebola was treated has caught the deadly disease.
The Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, Lagos State chapter, Dr. Tope Ojo made the disclosure yesterday.
The nurse whose identity was not disclosed was one of the health workers in the private hospital where late Sawyer was admitted for medical treatment after showing symptoms of Ebola virus.
This sad development is coming on the heels of Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu’s statement on Monday that a female doctor in the same hospital who also partook in the treatment of Mr. Sawyer before he died on July 25 has contracted the virus.
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.
Ojo, who added that 30 striking doctors had volunteered to attend to the medical needs of all those with Ebola-related case, stated that the female medical doctor was stable.
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.
“Strike or no strike, we must respond to emergencies. Our doctors are at the Yaba hospital where isolated contacts are being monitored.”
Ojo however said the NMA was having a challenge getting volunteers to be part of the Ebola Case Management Committee because of the fear of contracting the virus.
The NMA chairman said, “There are seven committees working on the management of the disease at the centre in Lagos which our members are part of.
“But the committee which we are having a challenge getting volunteers is that of case management. This committee comprises people that work directly with confirmed cases.
“Our doctors are worried about the danger it(Ebola virus) poses to their lives and they need to be reassured.
“We understand their fears and we are making moves to confirm the level of preparedness of the government for doctors.
“Look at the protective measures that doctors in Liberia and Guinea wear. They are well protected, yet some of them still caught it. Our doctors are worried about the danger it poses to their lives and they need to be reassured. We understand their fears and we are making moves to confirm the level of preparedness of the government for doctors.”
The Bloomberg Businessweek reported on Tuesday that Nigeria was considering applying for a dose of the experimental Ebola therapy to treat the Lagos female doctor.
“We will exploit the possibility of getting some (ZMapp Experimental Drug),” the Lagos State Health Commissioner, Jide Idris, said.
The San Diego, United States-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc.’s experimental ZMapp drug had only been tested on infected animals before it was given to Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, the two U S health workers who were infected with the virus in Liberia.