Ebola Virus Reportedly Creeps into Akwa-Ibom, Govt Keeps Sealed Lips
Indication have emerged that the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has been officially recorded in the two states Lagos and Rivers may have crept into Akwa-Ibom state.
According to report, the suspicion that the disease is already in Akwa-Ibom state resulted from the transportation of a corpse from Port Harcourt to a town known as Abak, located few kilometers from the capital city of Uyo in Akwa-Ibom State. This is despite the ban by the Federal Govt on the movement of corpse from one location to another without clearance from appropriate bodies.
According to a source, the corpse which was moved to Abak for burial incidentally was handled by the same mortuary attendant that prepared the body of late Dr. Iyke Enemuo who died from the disease few days ago.
Dr. Enemuo had earlier contacted and died from the disease after secretly treating an ECOWAS diplomat that had tested positive for the virus in Lagos. Incidentally, the ECOWAS official survived the disease, but Dr. Enemuo did not, but has also infected his wife and a number of persons in the hotel the secret treatment took place and the clinic Dr. Enemuo was admitted before he eventually died. Many of the persons believed to have had contact with the Doctor are yet to be found.
It was gathered that the Akwa-Ibom State Government already has a knowledge of the development in the state, even as test are being carried out to confirm the possible outbreak of the disease in the state. It is however keeping sealed lips to avoid creating fear in the minds of residents, especially as a medical confirmation is yet to be made.
It was also learnt that the Akwa-Ibom State Commissioner for Health has complained that the Federal Government has not released funds to set up a quarantine centre in the State, thus making them handicapped.
Further findings by us revealed that a man who reported to the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital (UUTH) complaining of having Ebola symptoms since his return from Lagos was sent back, because the hospital has not provided quarantine ward for Ebola patients.
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