Ebola scare: Anambra bans corpses from outside

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Aug 2nd, 2014
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•Six patients relocated from hospital housing suspicious corpse

Corpses are henceforth barred from being taken into Anambra from outside the state,at least for now.

This follows the scare triggered by the deposit of the corpse of a native of the state at the morgue of a private hospital at Nkwelle Ezunaka,in Oyi Local Government Area of the state.

The man died in Liberia which,along with Guinea and Sierra Leone ,is waging a battle against an Ebola outbreak.

The cause of the man’s death is yet unknown .

The scare was partly on account of the death in Lagos last week  of a Liberian,Patrick Sawyer.

Mr Sawyer died of the disease.

Six patients  who were on admission in the Nkwelle Ezunaka hospital have been relocated to the  Umueri General Hospital in Anambra East Council Area.

A  medical team  from the Federal Ministry of Health was being expected in the state yesterday  to investigate the cause of the man’s death.

But as  a precaution,Governor  Willie Obiano yesterday ordered security agencies  in the state not to allow any corpse to be brought into the state from  outside.

He said there was no confirmation yet that the man died of Ebola.

The governor who addressed women  at the Women Development Centre ,Awka said only an investigation by experts could confirm the cause of the man’s death.

Sources said security men yesterday prevented  relations of the deceased  from allegedly smuggling his corpse from the mortuary.

It was also gathered that the six patients were removed from the hospital as a precaution.

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