At least 59 people who had contact with the late
Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian citizen that died of
Ebola virus in Lagos last week have been
quarantined by the state government.
The state Commissioner for Health Dr. Jide Idris,
on Monday at a press briefing held in
conjunction with Federal Ministry of Health
officials at the Staff Clinic in Alausa said the
measure was geared towards preventing the
spread of the virus and assured residents that
there was no cause for alarm.
But the commissioner lamented that the
manifest of the Asky Airline Flight No KP50 that
brought the victim into the country has not been
provided by the airline at the time of this
report, saying the precise number of passenger
contacts is yet to be ascertained.
He disclosed that two flights were involved
(Monrovia-Lome and Lome-Lagos), noting that
there was no report of medical incident filed,
In his words: “So far a total of 59 contacts have
been registered consisting 44 hospital contacts,
38 healthcare workers and six laboratory staff.
Others are 15 airport contacts comprising three
Economic Communities of West African States
(ECOWAS) staff-driver, Liaison, and Protocol
officer, Nigerian Ambassador to Liberia, two
nursing staff and five airport passenger
handlers. As of the time of this report, 20
contacts had been physically screened of which
50 percent type one contact and 50 percent had
type two contacts.”