As in West Africa, when Ebola pops up, opposition politicians start blaming the government. Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this DailyPost report: Governor Amaechi’s negligence responsible for spread of Ebola in Rivers - PDP. Excerpt:
The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says carelessness and insensitivity on the part of the Governor of the State, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Samson Parker, are responsible for the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the State.
The state government has confirmed the death of a Doctor, Ike Samuel Enamoa.
The Rivers state government had also initially at a media briefing debunked rumours that an Ebola case was recorded in the state.
However, the PDP in a statement signed by Jerry Needam, the media aide to the State PDP Chairman, noted that Amaechi’s laxity in putting in place necessary facilities and modalities in preventing the Ebola outbreak is regrettable.
The PDP said the Rivers State situation might be more severe than that of Lagos State.
The party alleged that the Rivers state government intended to embezzle some more funds with this development.
According to him, “The PDP expresses astonishment while reacting to the death of the medical Doctor in Port Harcourt, who had contact with an Ebola patient, and whose wife and over 200 persons are reportedly being infected with the Ebola virus in Port Harcourt.
“The PDP regretted that all efforts by the Federal Government to contain the spread of Ebola to Rivers State were rebuffed by Governor Rotimi Amaechi, including shunning a meeting convened in Abuja on the prevention of the spread of Ebola to other States, presided over by President Jonathan, which had in attendance, 35 States Governors, except him (Amaechi)."
As far as I know, Rivers state is tracing 100 contacts, not 200, and only the late doctor's wife is also a confirmed Ebola case. But as someone has observed, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste.