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Rivers State Government Sends 3 People to Ebola Treatment Center



Port Harcourt (NAN) –  The Rivers Commissioner for Health, Sampson Parker, on Sunday in Port Harcourt said three persons have been moved to the state’s treatment centre for observation on the Ebola disease.

Parker told newsmen the patients are a doctor, a pharmacist and a woman who had contact with Dr Ike Enemuo, who died of Ebola on Aug. 22.

Enemuo was a Port Harcourt-based medical practitioner who treated an ECOWAS diplomat with the Ebola virus.

“We now have three patients at the treatment centre which is at Oduoha, Emohua local government area. The centre, which is about 25 kilometres east of Port Harcourt, has the capacity to treat patients.

“The three are a pharmacist at the Sam-Steel Hospital, a doctor who worked with the late Enemuo, and a lady who was at the Good Heart Hospital while Enemuo was there.

“However, they have not been confirmed to have the virus, and we are waiting for the result of investigation (Ebola test),’’ he said.

Parker said while the wife of Enemuo tested positive to Ebola, her condition was stable at a treatment centre in Lagos.

“Also, Enemuo’s three-month-old baby is alive and well,’’ he said.

The commissioner said government had traced 200 persons who had contact with the ECOWAS diplomat who was in Port Harcourt for Ebola treatment and Enemuo who treated him.

“Of this number, we are still to be in touch with about 60 of them. But 50 of them, who are high risk, have been identified. We are still on them and none has shown any symptoms.


“We are concentrating on the names. We have to capture them in our activities. But the good news is that we have been making good progress in checking the spread of Ebola,’’ he said.

Parker said Ebola patients who came out early for treatment at the Lagos centre have survived and had been cleared.

“Only the ones who hid themselves, going from one church to the other until they deteriorated so much, passed on.

“We must let the public know that anyone, in one way or the other, who had  primary or secondary contact with Dr Enemuo or the clinics and the hotel, should voluntarily contact us.

“Their having had contact with those people doesn’t mean that they are infected. All we need is just to observe them, and if there is anything, they should let us know.

“But they have to know that the chances of survival are very high, because all the people who went to the Lagos centre early were treated and cleared,’’ he said.

Parker said the state government had decontaminated a number of places related to those who had come in contact with the Ebola victims.

“These are the clinic of late Dr Enemuo, another clinic where he was treated, the hotel used by Enemuo to treat the ECOWAS diplomat, the morgue at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital and corpses at the morgue,’’ he said.

The commissioner also said the Ebola treatment centre at Oduoha had been decontaminated.


  1. bruno

    September 1, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Wash ur hands, with soap and if possible add dettol. STOP TOUCHING STRANGERS, stop putting saliva on your hand when you want to open a nylon. Pls stop all this unhygienic ways.

  2. Wifey

    September 1, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Why are you using the phrase “ECOWAS diplomat “, instead of the man’s name?

    Also, where is the so called Koyi? He should be paying for the medical bills of people infected because of his selfishness. I”m sure if it was a poor man that did this, he would probably be dead by now.. hmm

  3. Wifey

    September 1, 2014 at 6:07 am

    … and stop thinking you are safe because you don’t live in Lagos or PH. It only takes one person to travel to another state.


    September 1, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Bruno is this you? sound so mature and reasonable. I must say am impressed, thumbs up!

  5. Nwa

    September 1, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Its unfortunate, just when we were jubilating that this has been contained in Nigeria this wicked Ecowas diplomat had to screw things over. Now there’s panic in River state.I hope other neighbouring states take proper precaution and prepare just in case because at this point we should expect anything. Trust Nigerians to exploit situations, a mini bottle of dettol hand sanitizer that goes for 250 bucks is now 1000 bucks. All the millions that were donated to fight ebola what are they doing with it? It would be unwise to restrict it solely for already affected people. There should be a top to bottom awareness and it seems to me that the educated, well travelled and exposed people are the originators of this spread. #man slaughter for the ecowas diplomat#

  6. faith

    September 1, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Good news

  7. Mz Socially Awkward...

    September 1, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Okay, there’s a center now set up for patients in Rivers State. That’s really good to hear. And I’m even happier to find out the Doctor’s 3 month old baby is fine (despite the mind-boggling recklessness of its father). Here’s me really hoping that the Ministry of Health take valuable lessons leanrt from their initial setting up of the Lagos Isolotion center and manage this one better.

    Called to my mum in Port Harcourt over the weekend and she said there’s a rumour going round town that the all of the attendants who worked at the mortuary where Dr. Enuomo’s body was taken, have now run away and cannot be found. So here’s me really hoping that they’ve now been located and are also being monitored with all the other high risk contacts.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      September 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Apologies, that started out as “Spoke to my mom” before it became “called to my mum”…

    • Ninjachic

      September 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Weird, my eyes/mind actually read ‘spoke to my mum’ until you pointed it out.

  8. toby

    September 2, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Pls save this ebola emergency nos. They were given out by the governor of R/S, 08167733939, 07036321076 on SilverBird tv interview. Call this nos if u suspect any symptom of ebola. Thanks.

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