EBOLA: Liberian president apologises to Nigeria over Sawyer’s death




of Liberia, Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson has said that the victim, Patrick Sawyer, was on surveillance, but he sneaked out of Liberia and came Lagos, where he died 24 hours later.

The Liberian expressed concern the unfortunate incident and apologized on behalf of her countryman who brought the virus the country.

According the Minister of State on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nurudeem Mohammed, Sirleaf-Johnson told the Federal Government that Sawyer was on surveillance when he sneaked out of Liberia through Asky Airline.

Mohammed told journalists in Abuja on Thursday that Sirleaf-Johnson had apologised to Sawyer’s visit to , according to reports from The Punch.

The Liberian Ambassador to , Prof. AL- Hassan Conteh who participated in the briefing of the International Community on , pleaded with the FG to stop the embarrassment and stigma Sawyer’s action had caused Liberians living in Nigeria. [eap_ad_1] Conteh said since the outbreak in Nigeria, media and Port workers have discriminated and harassed Liberians, and he called on the Minister  of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, to help save the situation.

He said, “The fact that the person who brought the disease was from Liberia does not mean all Liberians were positive of Virus Disease.

“The Liberian had put measures in place by declaring 90 days emergency in the country beginning from August 6 to strategize on how to stop the spread of the disease to other countries.”

Meanwhile, the minister has asked  the International Community to take up the Ebola challenge as a global issue rather than a regional matter, adding that Ebola has high mortality rate other diseases and therefore, cannot be neglected by other countries in the world.

Chukwu, who announced the deteriorating state of other health workers who had contracted Ebola, urged the international community to assist Nigeria in combating the menace.

According to the minister, the World Health Organisation, stated that since July 24,2014, about 1700 are living with EVD and more than 900 had died.

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