Abia Declares 50 Suspected Ebola Victims ‘WANTED’ Who ‘Escaped’ From Rivers State


As part of efforts to rid Nigeria of the deadly #Ebola virus, the Abia State Government says it would declare a manhunt to fish out all suspected Ebola patients who might have sneaked into the State from the neighbouring Rivers State.

rp_Ebola-Sypmptoms-600x408.jpgSpeaking in an interview with #Punch in Umahia, Commissioner for Health, Mr. Okechukwu Ogah, said he would liaise with his Rivers State counterpart to get the names of people suspected to have had contacts with the late Dr. Iyke Enemuo and later fled the state .

“We will work with neighbouring states to track down the 50 people that were said to have fled from Rivers State and put them on surveillance. We need to work together to rid Nigeria of Ebola; and if there is anybody hiding in Abia we will ask for their names and announce them on air for the public to help us track them.”

He however cautioned against politicising the pandemic following some media reports that Chinyere, the sister of the late Enemuo fled to Abia after the death of her brother before she was tracked down and bundled back to PortHarcourt where she is currently quarantined.

He said no case of Ebola had been established in Abia said so far, adding that intensive awareness campaign against the pandemic was on and the state government had fortified all two isolation centres set up to handle likely patients in the eventuality of its out break in the state.