Patrick Sawyer, a WASH consultant at the Ministry of Finance, who had been quarantined since falling ill after arriving in Lagos for a conference last Sunday, has been reported dead.
Various reports claimed a Liberian government official, speaking
on condition of anonymity, said the news of Sawyer’s death was relayed
to Liberia by the Nigerian embassy, on Friday morning.
Business Day reports that Yewande
Adeshina, a Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos on Thursday, told a
news conference that Sawyer, 40 was being tested for the deadly Ebola
virus in Lagos
killed 632 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since an
outbreak began in February, straining a string of weak health systems
despite international help.
The virus —
which starts off with flu-like symptoms and often ends with horrific
hemorrhaging — has infected about 1,048 people and killed an estimated
632 since this winter, according to the numbers on July 17 from the
World Health Organization.
Citizens have been urged to call the Lagos State Health officials on 08023169485, 08033086660, 08033065303, 08055281442 and 08055329229 if and when they discover anything unusual.