...403 Contacts Under Surveillance in Rivers
The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that it will win the war against the spread of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
The Minister of Health, Professor Onybuchi Chukwu, who gave the assurance in Port Harcourt, Friday while briefing newsmen shortly after meeting with members of the Rivers State Emergency Operations Committee (EOC), disclosed that the total number of contact under surveillance in the state have reached 403.
Chukwu stated that there was no cause for alarm over the number, as such number was also recorded in Lagos, with a total of 320 being discharged after spending the required 21 days under observation.
He said, “The situation of Ebola Virus Disease in Rivers State is that you cannot get it just by walking along the road or just by living in Rivers State. You are free to visit Rivers State; there is no problem. Luckily, the Nigerian government says we are not closing our borders. We make sure that if you are coming in, you are safe, and if you are going out, you are safe for the world.
“So, in Rivers State, confirmed cases so far remain the same four, which I told you from Abuja, it has not changed. Four have been confirmed. Total numbers of people who have died from the disease in Rivers State are two; the doctor and then, the non-health worker, a lady. Now, the other two are alive; one is under treatment in Lagos, and the other is under treatment here in Rivers State.