Enugu Government dispels Ebola rumour, opens four centres

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Aug 14th, 2014
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Governor Sullivan-ChimeThe Government of Enugu State, on Thursday said there was no case of Ebola Virus Disease in the State.

This is even as the government also announced that it had opened four centers in the state where victims of the dreaded Ebola Virus would be quarantined.

The decision followed announcement by the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku that a nurse who was under surveillance over the Ebola Virus Disease escaped from Lagos and made contacts with 20 persons in the state.

Maku’s statement had created so much panic in the state, forming major part of discussion in the state.

However, speaking with reporters at Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu, the state Commissioner for Health, George Eze disclosed that the nurse in question was moved back to Lagos.

He, however, stated that 21 persons who had contacts with the victim of the virus were currently under surveillance.

“It was when she came to came down to Enugu, according to her and her husband that she started having symptoms of fever. It was then that we were informed and we isolated her and her husband and decontaminated the house and took her back to Lagos”, he stated.

The commissioner averred that four centres have been opened at Colliery Hospital, District Hospital Ikem in Isiuzo Local Government Area, District Hospital Nsukka and General Hospital Oji River.

He added that the facilities would serve as quarantine centres in case of future outbreak of the disease.

He assured that the state was getting ready to fight the deadly virus, adding that the Federal Government has promised to bring a Mobile Diagnostic Center to Enugu from Edo State.

Commissioner Eze further stated that the suspected victim of the virus (Nurse) who came to Enugu from Lagos was placed under surveillance immediately they got information that she had developed symptoms.

According to him, the suspected victim and her husband were swiftly isolated, adding that the house where they were staying was also decontaminated.

The victim and her husband, the commissioner, continued, were also swiftly taken back to Lagos by experts from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control.

He urged people to wash their hands always and reduce their contact with people.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has made further clarifications on the Enugu case.

Chukwu disclosed that the 21 contacts established had been pruned to six, stating that the nurse in question has not developed Ebola symptom, but added that the nurse and her husband had been brought to Lagos and quarantined.

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