Rivers Doctor: 60 Ebola Contacts Yet To Be Found



The Rivers State government has said about 60 people, out of close to
200 that had primary and secondary contacts with the late Dr Ikechukwu
Sam Enemuo, who died of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Port Harcourt, the
state capital, are yet to be found.

Also, the state government has placed a ban on the movement of
corpses within and outside the state without death certificates and
explanations on the cause of such deaths, and has directed the police to
demand such documents from ambulances conveying such corpses in the
state.

This is as the state governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, will
today meet with leaders of churches in the state, while a meeting with
the traditional rulers will hold tomorrow, Tuesday, over the spread of
the Ebola virus in the state.

The state commissioner for health, Dr Sampson Parker, who addressed
journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, said about 50 high-risk contacts
had been indentified among those that had primary contacts with the
late doctor.

Parker stated that three of the people who had contacts with late
Enemuo, including two staff of his hospital, Sam-Steel Clinic, and a
staff of the Good Heart Hospital, where he died, had been moved to the
treatment centre at Edoha community in Emohua local government area of
the state.

He said, “Also, movement of corpses within and outside the state must
be supervised; there must be death certificates and we must know the
cause of the death. So, you cannot just move corpses here and there
without clearance from the Ministry of Health. In fact, the police will
stop you and ask for clearance. Before corpses are released from the
mortuary, even the attendants will ask for the documents; before they
come in and before they are released.

“The governor will meet with church leaders tomorrow — all church
leaders in Rivers. He will meet them by 10am. He will in the same vein
meet with all traditional rulers on Tuesday by 10am. I have been telling
you before now that almost 200 persons have been traced. I keep on
telling you that; that is because, out of this number, we are still to
be in touch with about 60 of them. I will explain the reason later.

“But 50 high-risk contacts have been identified. Quickly, the reason
why I said so is because a lot of the news, stigma, and all the rest,
these persons are not coming up; we are still on them. In fact, we are
concentrating on these names that we have found, and still going for new
ones. Every day, it improves; it is getting better by the day.

“We now have three persons at the treatment centre at Edoha; a
pharmacist at Sam-Steel Hospital and doctor that worked with Dr Enemuo
at that Sam-Steel Hospital, and also a lady that was at the Good Heart
Hospital while Dr Enemuo was there. However, they have not been
confirmed; we are waiting for the result of the investigation. Today, we
should have them. Also, let me quickly tell you that Mrs Enemuo is in a
stable condition in Lagos. I am telling you these so that people will
know that this is not a death sentence and come out.”

The commissioner advised worship centres against maintaining
admission wards in the premises, as well as laying hands on people who
may have had contact with Enemuo, and appealed to all those who had
contacts with the late doctor or visited Sam-Steel Clinic, Good Heart
Hospital and Mandate Garden Hotels to report to the Ministry of Health
for checks.

Parker said, “At this point, I must tell you that most of them that
came up early survived; only the ones that hid, going from one church to
the other until they deteoriated so much that passed on. We must let
the public know that anyone who had primary or secondary contact with Dr
Enemuo or the clinics and hotel should voluntarily come out and contact
us. It doesn’t mean that you are infested; all we need to do is just to
observe you, and if there is anything you let us know.

“The chances of survival are very high. None of those that came up in
Lagos had issues; most of them were cleared. It is important the
churches don’t keep admission wards in their churches; some of them are
running to churches and groups of them are laying hands on them without
knowing.”

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