The patient, whose identity was not made public, it was learnt escaped from the health facility where he was receiving treatment.
The minister made the disclosure during the emergency meeting of National Council on Health in Abuja. The National Council on Health is the highest advisory body on health in the country.
The minister while the meeting was on announced to the entire gathering that he just received a text
that a Lassa fever patient had escaped from a health facility in Ebonyi while undergoing treatment.
The minister therefore urged the relevant agency and the state government to do everything possible to trace the patient and those who might have had contact with the patient.
He called on all the States to strengthen their surveillance systems, report all cases and collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Health in the successful implementation of the Multi-Sectoral Response Strategy.