Nigeria: ECOWAS staff dies of Ebola

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), becoming the second Nigerian to die of the disease which is ravaging parts of West Africa.

An ECOWAS Commission statement Tuesday said the 36-year-old Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, a Protocol Assistant at the ECOWAS Liaison Office in the commercial city of Lagos, was among those who assisted the Liberian Patrick Sawyer, believed to have brought the disease to Nigeria.

Sawyer exhibited symptoms of the disease on arrival in Lagos 20 July for an ECOWAS Conference, and died 25 July at a private Lagos hospital in Lagos

The ECOWAS statement said Mr. Abdulqudir had been under quarantine in the wake of his exposure to Sawyer.

''The Commission wishes to use this opportunity to express its gratitude to Nigerian government authorities and others who contributed to managing the late official while under quarantine.

''The Management of the Commission wishes to commiserate with Mr. Abdulqudir’s family and colleagues and prays for the repose of his soul,'' the statement said.

PANA reports that ECOWAS has already disinfected all the facilities at the Lagos Liaison Office as part of precautionary measures to safeguard the health, safety and security of staff members, and will continue to monitor the situation.

''Management has also intensified awareness campaign among staff on the deadly virus and uses this opportunity to invoke the spirit of solidarity and mutual assistance. The Commission wishes to reassure staff of all Community Institutions all over the entire region that it is taking all necessary steps to guarantee their health and safety,'' the Commission said.

Prior to Mr. Abdulqudir's death, nine Nigerians were infected with the virus, including three medical staffers of the hospital where the Liberian was treated. Two out of the nine have now died.

According to the WHO, the death toll from EVD has now hit 1,013 from a total of 1,848 cases, all in the ECOWAS member states of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
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12 august 2014 20:59:59




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