Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has expressed deep concern over the new cases of Ebola virus outbreak in Rivers State, with a call on the citizens to be on the alert and take their personal hygiene and other preventive measures seriously.
Governor Uduaghan, who has already set up an emergency committee on the deadly disease in the wake of the index case in the country, condemned the action of the diplomat that spread the virus to Port Harcourt and the doctor that attended to him in a hotel.
Dr. Uduaghan, in a Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, broadcast live from Asaba yesterday, as part of activities to mark the 23rd anniversary of the creation of Delta State, also called for increased and sustained advocacy campaign by stakeholders to curtail further spread of the disease.
“I am not only concerned that the virus has entered Port Harcourt, I am worried and we need to step up advocacy programme for people to raise the level of awareness,” the governor who is a medical doctor by profession said.
“I feel very sad, very bad as a professional that a colleague, a medical doctor went to a hotel to treat someone who was suspected to have Ebola virus. This calls for great concern and need for more awareness to be created.”
He said: “It is ridiculous why a diplomat should leave Lagos for Port-Harcourt knowing that he had been in contact with the primary Ebola victim.”
He disclosed that the Delta State Government had set up isolation centres in different parts of the state to ensure proper management of the disease.
While expressing the hope that the disease would not spread to Delta State, Uduaghan called on the people to be vigilant since a lot of persons were still migrating to the state from different parts of the country.
Answering question about some persons protesting against the location of isolation centres in their locality, the governor said such complaints had not been witnessed in Delta State, noting that there was no need for such protest as preventive measures would have been put in place to ensure the safety of those working in the centres and the people living in the area.