Friday, 8 August 2014
Liberia Apologises To Nigeria Over Importation Of Ebola Virus
The Liberian Government apologised to Nigeria on Thursday over the importation of the deadly Ebola Virus by a Liberian-born American, Patrick Sawyer. Sawyer who arrived Lagos on July 20th, from Lome after visiting his sister who died from Ebola. Despite Sawyer knowing his status, ignored medical advice and came to Nigeria.
He died 5 days after he was admitted into a hospital in Obalende when he showed Ebola virus symptoms.
The Liberian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nurudeem Mohammed, told journalists in Abuja that President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, was deeply sorry that Sawyer brought the virus to Nigeria.
“The Liberian President President has personally called to apologise on the unfortunate development. “She specifically said her country had declared a state of emergency over the Ebola epidermic in Liberia. ‘She equally apologised that Sawyer ignored medical advice and escaped out of Liberia.”
The Liberian-born American came into contact with 59 people in both the Murtala Mohammed International Airport and the hospital. Eight of the hospital contacts were quarantined at the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Yaba.
One of them, a matron, who died on Tuesday became the first Nigerian casualty. Five others, including a female medical doctor, had as of Wednesday, tested positive to the virus.
This is medicine after death. How come they didn't report to authorities even at the airport in Liberia to detain him?. Now people are dying in Nigeria all because of him.