Ebola: Rivers Investigates Death of ECOWAS Worker
The Rivers State Government yesterday said it had started an investigation into the possible cause of the death of an ECOWAS worker in the state who recently died from fever and diarrhoea.
It said the investigation was being carried out by experts from the state Ministry of Health in collaboration with WHO, the Federal Ministry of Health, and a United States-based group, the Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation.
Some experts from the US-based group are currently in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital training medical personnel in government and private hospitals and clinics on how to detect and treat the dreaded Ebola virus.
Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, however insisted that the state was yet to record any case of Ebola and pleaded with the people to stop peddling rumours, which according to him, had caused panic.
Parker also cautioned hospitals and clinics to stop rejecting patients with fever and diarrhoea, pointing out that “such persons should be handled with a high degree of caution and suspicion”.
The commissioner also advised members of the public to be careful and avoid unnecessary body contact as a preventive measure.