Rivers State government has said it was able to reach out to about 96 per cent of the high risk cases of Ebola virus, who had primary contacts with the late Dr Iyke Enemuo, who died of the disease some two weeks ago.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Samson Parker, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in his office, on Tuesday, adding that the state government had attained an appreciable success rate in tracing those who had primary contact with the late doctor.
The health commissioner said: “As of Sunday, contact tracing was ongoing. But on Monday, we had a report that almost all of them have been contacted.
Parker, however, blamed the parastatals handling the nation’s airports for their collective lapses that enabled the ECOWAS diplomat to sneak into Rivers State through the Port Harcourt International Airport, before being lodged into a room at Mandate Gardens Hotel, at Rumuokoro, by the late Dr Enemuo.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Director in Nigeria, Rui Vaz, who was at the briefing, commended Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Dr Parker for the proactive measures put in place so far to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in the state.
“I will like to highlight that Ebola can be contained and we are going to contain it; there is no doubt, but everything depends on all of us. It is not only the responsibility of the Ministry of Health.
“This is a cross-cutting issue, it’s an inter-sartorial response, it requires attention, and the critical matter is the leadership and ownership of the process.
“WHO is in the country to provide technical support. We are a technical agency, we are not a financial agency. It is very important to highlight that there is a strong commitment by the governor and the commissioner and also other entities. I see also the high involvement in the response of the private sector,” he said.