Via FrontPageAfrica, a long and detailed July 28 report: Ebola Strikes American Doctor As JFK Chief Medic Loses Battle. But the intriguing part of this long report has to do with the consequences of Patrick Sawyer's death. Excerpt:
The statement by the Health Minister was diluted by Lagos City Health Commissioner during a separate press conference when he said it was only assumed that Sawyer had died from Ebola and that results were not yet available.
Commissioner, Jide Idris, said that they were only "assuming that it was Ebola" because they were "waiting for a confirmatory test to double check" from a laboratory in Dakar. A United Nations official, Paul Garwood, spokesman for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, said the U.N. health agency was also still waiting for test results.
"We're still waiting for laboratory-confirmed results as to whether he died of Ebola or not," he said.
The comments by the Nigerian health Minister and that of Lagos City health Commissioner raise suspicions about the death of the Liberian who had travelled to Nigeria and fell ill while in the territorial limits of that country. Medical experts say the Ebola virus becomes more virulent when it has caused more damaged to the patient's internal system and is at the point of causing death.
Sawyer is said to have fallen ill when he travelled to Lagos on Sunday and on Thursday, a spokesman for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva confirmed Nigeria had "one suspect case" and said samples had been sent to a WHO lab for testing.
The special adviser on public health to the Lagos state government, Yewande Adeshina, told a news conference that Sawyer had collapsed on arrival at Lagos airport from Liberia on Sunday. He was rushed to hospital and put in an isolation ward, she said.
"The patient was admitted and detained on suspicion of possible EBV (Ebola virus) infection, while the blood sample collection and testing was initiated," she said in her statement, adding that "results are pending."
The result of the test was not announced until the death of Sawyer on Friday before the Nigerian Health Minister announced that he had died of Ebola even though WHO and other United Nations agencies in Nigeria are yet to confirm the test results. Sawyer’s death comes in the wake of reports out of Sierra Leone that the head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease.
FrontPageAfrica Thursday gathered from sources that the Liberian embassy in Nigeria was not pleased with the manner in which Nigerian authorities were handling the Sawyer illness and were contemplating filing an official complaint to ECOWAS over the issue.
One source confided in FPA that the Liberian embassy was not immediately contacted to provide representation in the dealing with Nigerian authorities with the citizen of another country.
In addition to this international friction, the report adds that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf posthumously criticized Sawyer for "indiscipline and disrespect for the advisory that had been given by health workers" ... thereby lending a new terror to death by Ebola.