After reports yesterday that Nigeria was practically free of Ebola virus with only one confirmed case, the health minister Onyebuchi Chukwu on Thursday told reporters that a Doctor had died over the weekend in Port Harcourt Rivers state after contracting the deadly disease.
The Doctor now confirmed as Dr Ikye Enemoah had treated a diplomat who came in contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian American who brought the disease into Nigeria after flying in for a conference from his native Liberia.
The Minister also confirmed that the Doctor’s wife and the diplomat Enemoah treated have now been confirmed with the disease and subsequently quarantined.
Last week, another doctor Mrs Ameyo Adadevoh, the first doctor who treated Sawyer and potentially prevented a national outbreak by refusing to let the diplomat leave a private hospital died after contracting the virus.
Reports suggest her sister has also contracted the virus and has now been admitted to the hospital.
These new cases in Port Harcourt confirm fears that the disease could easily spread to other states in the country making it difficult for authorities to prevent an epidemic.
Africa’s most populous nation is already gripped in fear of the virus with many refraining from bodily contact with friends and strangers and schools shut until October in an effort to contain the spread.