Via The Guardian in Nigeria: ‘How Ebola victim sneaked into Nigeria from Liberia’. Excerpt:
More facts have continued to emerge on the category of the 70 persons who are now under surveillance over different levels of contact with the late Sawyer.
As he arrived in Nigeria ill, ECOWAS protocol officers who were at the airport to welcome the regional diplomat coming for the Calabar meeting used one of their pool cars to rush him to the hospital. These protocol officers are part of the 70 persons who are being observed for signs of the ailment. The incubation period for Ebola is three weeks.
Also, the vehicle used to convey him to the hospital and the entire ECOWAS building in Lagos where the protocol officers returned to work are now ‘suspect.’
In fact, the building has been temporarily shut down, while health officials battle to fumigate the building, the entire compound and the vehicle.
ECOWAS has also suspended all its regional meetings, unless it is absolutely necessary.
Dr. Toga Gayewea Mcintosh, Vice President at the ECOWAS Commission, gave these fresh perspectives to the situation, as he reeled out efforts to curtail the disease in the region. He said the building would remain shut until the fumigation had been concluded satisfactorily.
He also clarified that the late Sawyer never went to Calabar as widely speculated. His words: “We are pleased with the efforts made by Nigeria to hold this building, we stand by the actions of the government and other actions being taken. The commission is sad about this ailment. We have suspended all meetings that will bring us together as a region, unless it is so essential or crucial. All other meetings have been suspended. We have temporarily shut down our Lagos office. The vehicle used to take the late Sawyer is still there in our Lagos office. We want to fumigate the entire Lagos office of ECOWAS.”