The fear of having the Ebola virus disease has led a Liberian woman living in Lagos to commit suicide by hanging herself in Lagos last Friday.
The woman, identified as Kate, decided to hang herself in the early hours of Friday after falling sick and thinking that what she suffered from was the Ebola Virus.
The incident caused confusion on Bankole Street, Isheri-Oke, when residents woke up to the sight of a woman hanging on a tree, wearing a black sweater and orange skirt. It was gathered from the residents that the woman did not live on the street.
Residents who spoke on condition of anonymity said she was a Liberian who worked in a sachet water factory before she died.
While they said the woman had been sickly for some time, residents said she did not appear to have any problem with anyone in the community.
But after the outbreak of the Ebola disease that was brought to Nigeria by a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, some of the people in the area opted not to have anything to do with her.
One of the residents who pleaded anonymity said, “We see her in this neighborhood every day. She always looked sick but people stopped selling to her after the Ebola outbreak. It could be because she was a Liberian and looked sickly. This might have frustrated her.”
Another resident said, “She attended a church in the area and her church members still saw her yesterday. I used to see her every day in the dress she died in. She was sick and people in this area avoided her, especially after the Ebola outbreak.”
When contacted, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Braide, said she was not aware of the incident and promised to check with the police.
In another development, Minister of Health Professor Oyebuchi Chukwu, while making a speech during a requiem Mass held in memory of late Dr. Stella Adedevoh on Friday at Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos, confirmed the report that a South African woman had been quarantined in Lagos for having symptoms of Ebola,
Prof. Oyebuchi advised Nigerians to always look out for fresh cases of Ebola because Nigeria is not yet free from the disease until there was no trace of Ebola in Liberia, Guinea, Congo, Sierra Leone.
The minister explained that the Federal Government decided to shift school resumption date because of the need to train teachers on how to take care of pupils in schools.