Nigeria minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has announced the constitution of a team to find the cure for the deadly Ebola disease that is making headlines news in recent time.
The minister named a professor of pharmacognosy and former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu as heading the team.
Though he did not give the names of other members of the team, the minister went on to confirmed that one of the doctors in Lagos who attended to Liberian Patrick Sawyer – the man credited with bringing Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to Nigeria – has contracted the virus, even as two other persons who have been under quarantine have developed symptoms of the virus.
The minister who said that it is not certain yet if the two persons have the disease, added that out of the 70 persons established to have had contact with the late Liberian, eight persons were now being quarantined.
Chukwu, who reiterated that efforts were being made to identify more secondary contacts, stressed that no outbreak had been recorded yet outside Lagos, appealing to Nigerians to report any incident of the disease to the ministry for immediate action. [myad]