Corpse From Liberia Throws Anambra Into Confusion! Govt. Seals Hospital, Workers

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A corpse of an Anambra State indigene brought from Liberia,
yesterday, caused scare of the dreaded Ebola disease in the state, with
officials of the state ministry of health directing security operatives to
cordon off the mortuary where the body was deposited pending investigations by
experts from the Federal Ministry of Health.
The corpse was brought into the country as a cargo and was
taken straight to Apex Hospital and Mortuary at Nkwelle Ezunaka in Oyi Local
Government Area of the state, apparently by his relations and waiting for
burial.

However, somebody from the community, who knew that the man
died in Liberia where there have been deaths caused by Ebola disease, informed
the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano. The Governor immediately
directed the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Josephat Akabike to take action.
Addressing reporters in Awka, yesterday, Akabike said though
it has not been confirmed that the man died of the Ebola disease, there was
need for precautionary measures to be taken.
He said: “We have already contacted the Federal Ministry of
Health and we are expecting them to arrive the state any time from now. We have
sealed the mortuary and the hospital and all the corpses and the people working
there have been quarantined.
“We are also making efforts to locate the family of the
deceased to know their level of contact with the corpse when it arrived the
country and everybody who had visited the mortuary will also be quarantined.
“We are surprised how the corpse came into Nigeria and
Anambra State. It is shocking to us.
“We have directed the police to cordon off the area. Ebola
is a very big threat and that is why we are taking all the measures.”
According to him, “the information was brought by somebody
who acted fast, following the announcement we have been making since the
disease was made known”, adding that his ministry has assembled its health team
and got all the preventive materials ready.

Source: Vanguard

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