Trouble in Anambra: Suspected Ebola corpse flown in from Liberia, Morgue sealed off, staffs quarantined

The Anambra State ministry of health has announced that there are fears in the state that the dreaded Ebola disease may have sneaked into the state through a corpse deposited in Apex Mortuary, Nkwelle Ezunaka, Oyi LGA at the weekend. Anambra State Health commissioner, Joe Akabuike who briefed journalists yesterday said that the development in Anambra is an urgent one, and that the state government, the ministry of health in the state and the federal ministry of health are handling it with the urgency required. “Why we called you(Journalists) here is because of the dreaded Ebola disease. In the suspected case that happened in Lagos recently, the victim is already gone, and all those who had contact with him have been tested, and they tested negative. “Here in Anambra, the urgency I told you is that we have the case of a corpse that was brought in from Lagos at the weekend. The deceased was said to have taken ill in Liberia where the virus is known to have already existed, where he died and was deposited in a mortuary. “We have identified the mortuary where the corpse was deposited, and we have alerted the federal ministry to come in and carry out a test, we have sealed off the mortuary, and everyone who is working there we have ordered that they be quarantined. “As I speak with you, experts from the federal ministry of health are on their way to Anambra, what we will do is that those people that are quarantined will be screened, and we want to assure Anambra people that we shall be proactive to ensure that the virus does not spread. “We have also procured the necessary garment for the disease check, and we are training our health workers on how to deal with this because it is new here. We had to invite the federal mistry of health because the equipment for the check are very expensive. “We are not saying that this corpse has Ebola virus, but the deceased was brought in from Liberia, and deposited in the state, so we have to raise eyebrow about it, so all we are doing is to take precaution,” the health commissioner said. Akabuike disclosed that the disease is a big threat because the doctors and nurses and relatives of a patient who may touch the ill person are liable to contact it, and that when doctors begin to die in droves, it spells doom for a country. He advised that people must form a habit of washing their hands not only when they want to eat, but after shaking hands or touching surfaces. Akabuike expressed shock that a corpse could be flown from another country to Nigeria, without being intercepted at the airport for a check. He also disclosed that the state has secured a quarantine site that will help the ministry to seclude suspects from the people until they are checked.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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