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N200m approved to fight Ebola in Rivers

19 September 2014, 15:05

Port Harcourt - The Rivers commissioner for health, Dr Sampson Parker, said on Thursday that the Federal Government had approved N200m for the state to fight Ebola Virus Disease.

Parker made the disclosure in Port Harcourt while giving newsmen an update on the fight against Ebola outbreak in the state.

He said the state was optimistic that the approved money would be released soon to assist it consolidate on the gains made so far in the fight against Ebola disease.

Parker said the state government had earlier released N300m in addition to donations from corporate organisations which could not be quantified in monetary terms.

Also read: 340 Ebola cases under surveillance in Rivers

The commissioner said 264 persons were still under surveillance in the state and it would not be proper to re-open schools.

"It is not right to resume schools under this condition. By Septemebr 22, a huge number of those under surveillance would have been released, therefore, schools cannot resume on September 22,’’ he said.

According to Parker, the sensitisation exercise and the training of teachers on Ebola disease would continue because the viral disease could not be controlled in six months.

He also said that the widow of Dr Ike Enemuo, the Port Harcourt-based medical practitioner, who died of Ebola disease was okay.


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