Information Minister Labaran Maku disclosed this to State House journalists today after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan. He noted that the four-hour FEC meeting was devoted to discussions on the progress being made in combating Ebola in the country. He said the government had so far traced 198 persons that had primary and secondary contacts with Patrick Sawyer who brought the virus to Nigeria from Liberia. According to the minister, 177 of those persons are in Lagos; while 21 are in Enugu.
He said the 21 persons being quarantined in Enugu were those who had contacts with a female nurse that had primary contact with Sawyer in Lagos. The minister explained that the nurse disobeyed medical instructions and traveled to Enugu. He said: “All those who had primary contact (with Sawyer) have been quarantined. Secondary contacts have also been traced.
“So far, the number of people that have been traced is 198. Out of this number, 177 are in Lagos. Some are in quarantine, some are being monitored by health specialists.
“21 persons in Enugu are also being watched. This is because one of the nurses that was involved with the treatment of the index case unfortunately, disobeyed medical instructions and somehow travelled to Enugu. All those who she was in contact with, including her husband, are under quarantine. The medical teams have been able to trace all those who made contact with her”.
Maku said health workers had been deployed to all the border units in the country, adding that “All the entry points into this country and exit points, we’ve port health workers that are working in our airports and seaports. We’re calling on citizens specifically to cooperate. If health workers say you’ve had contact with A,B,C, don’t move to anywhere, respect that judgment. It’s very important. In one or two cases where we’ve had disobedience, we lost one of them and this one now moved with it to another place (Enugu).