1 Aug 2014

Ebola Virus scare in Anambra

Fears that the dreaded Ebola virus may have crept into Anambra state emerged Thursday following the discovery of the corpse of a citizen of the state brought in a cargo from Liberia and deposited in the morgue of one Apex hospital in Nkwelle Ezunaka, Oyi council Area of the state.

The corpse it was gathered was deposited in the hospital morgue at the weekend by relatives of the deceased who were said to be making arrangement for his burial ceremony.

But the Anambra state Government moved promptly Thursday to seal off the hospital and the mortuary and quarantined the workers and the in patients on the suspicion that the corpse might be a victim of Ebola having been brought in a Cargo from Liberia, one of the countries in the West African sub-region prevalent with the Ebola virus.

Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Josephat Akabuike said in Awka that the hospital was shut down when an informant from the community who suspected that the corpse must have been a victim of Ebola disease in Liberia informed the state government that a corpse was brought into the community from the West African Country.

He said the informant who he described as “a good citizen” was aware of the effects of the Ebola disease in Liberia and as a matter of fact was responding to the announcements the state government had been making since the disease became public knowledge.

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