The cheering news continues for Nigeria as four more Lagos residents who had been held at the Lagos Treatment Centre have been released after being certified as free from the dreaded disease.
Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, said this in a statement released on Monday.
Chukwu, in the statement signed by his special assistant on Media and Communication, Dan Nwomeh, said that the four discharged persons are made up of two male medical doctors, a female nurse as well as a female patient.
Chukwu explained that the three medical personnel had participated in the treatment of Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American, who was the first person to die of the disease in Nigeria. He added that the fourth person happened to be at First Consultants Hospital, Obalende, Lagos where Patrick Sawyer was brought to from the airport.
“The Minister of Health has announced that four additional confirmed cases of EVD who have been managed successfully and are now disease free have been discharged today(Monday).
“They include two male medical doctors and one female nurse. The three participated in the treatment of the index case(Sawyer) while the fourth person was a female patient at the time the index case was on admission.
“This brings to five, the total number of patients diagnosed with EVD who have now been discharged from hospital.”
An announcement by the minister on Saturday had indicated that a female doctor, the first Nigerian to be diagnosed of EVD, had been discharged .
He added further that Nigeria recorded 12 cases of EVD in all, along with four deaths including that of Patrick Sawyer, although he revealed that 195 Nigerians remain under surveillance in Lagos and Enugu.