Ebola: Rivers Community ‘fines’ Govt N300, 000 Over Isolation Centre
Eduoha community in Emohua local government area of Rivers State has fined the Rivers State government the sum of N300, 000 for not informing the people before setting up a disease isolation centre in the area.
Hundreds of youths in the area had protested to the centre on Monday, while training for health personnel on how to handle the disease by doctors from Elizabeth Griffin Research Foundation was going on.
Leader of Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Lloyd, who represents Emohua in the state Assembly, had stated in a light mood that he was not happy with the setting up of the centre in the area when the commissioner appeared before the House.
But the Health Commissioner, Dr. Sampson Parker told the Assembly that the community had rejected the health centre, which was built by the Governor Rotimi Amaechi administration on grounds that it was too far from the community and that the state government was preparing to build another one in a cite more preferable by the community.
When the commissioner visited the community yesterday for explanations and to plead with them for their understanding, the people expressed possible fears that the community could be exposed to danger.
Traditional ruler of the community, C HRH, Chief Ferdinand Ogbuehi, who received the commissioner said their consent was not sought before the health centre was earmarked for the disease control centre.
He, however, stated that the ministry was going to pay the sum of N300, 000 as fine. Other conditions were that the state government will build a new health centre for the community and that the ministry will rent an apartment as health centre in the community pending when the construction of the new health centre will be completed.
Responding, the health commissioner apologised and agreed to keep to the conditions spelt out by the community.