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Anambra opens probe into Ebola reports

01 August 2014, 11:02

Anambra - Anambra State Government says it has commenced investigations to ascertain whether a corpse said to have flown from Liberia and deposited in a mortuary in the state was infected with the Ebola virus.

The corpse was deposited at Apex Mortuary, Nkwelle Ezunaka, Oyi Local Government Area, at the weekend.

More than 50 people who have contact with the corpse had been quarantined until epidemiologists from Federal Ministry of Health certified them free.

Dr Josephat Akabuike, State Commissioner for Health, disclosed that the corpse was flown into the state at the weekend, adding that the state had collected all the necessary preventive garments to protect the virus from spreading.

He said the state government, through the Ministry of Health, immediately ordered for temporal closure of the hospital until the staff and patients, including the deceased family members, were screened by the epidemiology unit of the Federal Ministry of Health.

“We had a report that a corpse was brought into the state through Lagos and the deceased was said to be taken from Liberia, where there is a several reported cases of Ebola virus disease,” he said.

The commissioner also informed that the state government had instituted a rapid response team, saddled with the responsibility of responding to emergencies.

He further revealed that the State Governor, Willie Obiano, had ordered for the acquisition of 400 personal protective equipment to protect the health workers in the state.

Ezunaka urged all residents to notify the state on emergency numbers (08030890440 or 08030864502) anytime there was a suspected case of Ebola disease in their area.

– CAJ News

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