Ebola: Three more people quarantined in Port Harcourt

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 31st, 2014

The Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Sampson Parker says the contact tracing team has identified 178 persons that had contact with the late Dr. Iyke Enemoah.

The commissioner stated this during his daily media briefing to keep the public abreast with efforts of stakeholders to tackle the Ebola scourge in Port Harcourt, South South Nigeria.

According to him, 50 out of this number have high risk exposure, stating that three persons have been moved to the Isolation centre in Eduoha, while late Dr. Enemoah’s wife, who was earlier moved to Lagos is stable and responding to treatment.

Dr. Parker, who said the UPTH Mortuary, Samstel Clinic, Mandate Hotel, Green Heart Hospital and Dr. Iyke Enemoah’s residence have all be decontaminated, said people should not shy away from these places because they were now safe as a result of the decontamination.

He frowned at the stigmatization of people who have contracted the virus, stressing that “all the people who presented themselves early for treatment in Lagos have all survived”.

Parker warned church leaders and other religious organizations to desist from turning their back yards to hospital wards where they lay hands on people for spiritual healing, insisting that all febrile illnesses must be reported for investigation and prompt intervention.

He said the burial of all corpses which were deposited at the UPTH morgue at the same period with the late Enemoah must be carried out under the supervision of the State Ministry of Health, while movement of corpses around the state must be done with clearance from the Ministry.

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