Every Nigerian by now should know who Patrick Sawyer is -- A Liberian - American father of 3 who resides in Minnesota. A diplomat of the Liberian government employed as an Economic consultant -- the man who is alleged to have 'brought' Ebola into Nigeria.
We were all living in our 'blissful' existence worrying about minor things like lack of electricity, hiked school fees, verbal trade offs and impeachment sagas by opposing political parties...and Boko Haram, when on the 25th of July 2014 we heard the news that could potentially change the course of Nigeria's history. Ebola was in town!
That seems like a lifetime away as events have over taken events:
Patrick Sawyer died.
The hospital was closed down.
The doctor who treated him was found to have contracted the virus.
The hospital matron is down with symptoms.
6 others have been quarantined.
And the big question? How many other people did he come in contact with? Should we be worried?
TRACKING MR SAWYERAccounts say Mr Sawyer's sister had died of the Ebola virus on Monday July 7, 2014 in Liberia, reports also say he had been with her.
Sawyer had boarded a plane from Togo to Nigeria which had 50 people.
He came in contact with 15 people at the airport.
A driver, liaison officer and protocol officer were on hand to receive him.
He came in contact with 44 people at the hospital.
The hospital is in Lagos, a city of about 21 million people.