Rivers State Government said on Thursday that 98 percent of persons suspected to have had contact with the late Port-Harcourt doctor, Iyke Enemuo had been traced and placed under surveillance.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Port Harcourt, said the Ebola virus exported into the state by a Nigerian protocol officer with the Economic Community of West African States, Olu-Ibukun Koye, was being effectively managed by the state government.
He disclosed that a suspected Ebola patient was admitted at the isolation treatment centre at Oduoha in Emeoha Local Government Area and a test is being conducted on her, the result of which is expected to be out today.
“Everything is going on smoothly and fine. We have achieved 98 percent coverage of contacts. The patients we have at the treatment centre are doing well. The last time, I told you that there was a positive patient there. There is one other suspect there; it is what we call a probable patient and we are waiting for the test result to come out,” he said.
Parker said the remains of the late Dr. Enemuo, who died of the Ebola virus, was buried alongside the woman that shared the same hospital ward with him, on Wednesday in Port Harcourt according to the requirement of the World Health Organisation.
The woman in question and Enemuo’s younger sister, Chinyere, who recently tested positive to the Ebola virus, had been on admission at the Ebola Isolation Unit in Emohua Local Government Area.
The health commissioner recalled that the woman, who died at the treatment centre in the state, at the Good Heart Hospital in Port Harcourt was as a result of a cardiac problem.
He equally dismissed speculations in some quarters that the wife of the late Enemuo had died, saying, “She (late Dr. Enemuo’s wife) is stable and in fact, doing well.”
Speaking on the woman that was in the same ward at the Good Heart Hospital with Dr. Enemuo, he said, “Unfortunately, we lost a patient here at the treatment centre. She is the lady that was at the Good Heart Hospital with Dr. Enemuo.
“Don’t forget that there was a reason she went to that hospital; she was a cardiac patient and she went into what we call cardiogenic shock.
“Her condition was complicated by Ebola. We regret to say that and we also state that it also underscores why we were saying that people should come to the hospital early.”
This was as he confirmed that only four cases had been proven to be positive to the Ebola virus in Rivers State- Enemuo; his wife; his younger sister and the woman who was admitted at the same hospital with the late doctor.
The Nigerian Times recalls that the Federal Ministry of Health had said on Wednesday that a total number of 255 contacts are currently under surveillance in Port Harcourt.