Via Punch: Ebola: Rivers identifies patients of late doctor. Excerpt:
Rivers State Government says the patients of the late Dr. Iyke Enemoah, who died of Ebola have been identified and restricted.
Our correspondent learnt that the late doctor died at the Good Heart Hospital on Evo Road, GRA, Port Harcourt.
It was learnt that the deceased, who was a doctor at Sam Steel Clinic on East-West Road, was rushed to the hospital after he took ill with symptoms of Ebola.
He was said to have operated on a woman on Monday after secretly treating the ECOWAS diplomat, who was part of Patrick Sawyer’s team, but took ill the next day.
It was gathered that he was ill for only three days before he started vomiting blood, while passing out faeces stained with blood.
He was said to have been rushed first to Prime Hospital where he was rejected and then taken to the Good Heart Hospital, whose managing director is said to be a cardiologist.
Governor Chibuike Amaechi, who made a special broadcast to the people of the state on Thursday confirmed that the doctor died on August 22, as a result of what was suspected to be Ebola virus disease.
He said the state Ministry of Health on becoming aware of the conditions of his death, immediately commenced investigations and began tracing those who had contact with him.
He said, “As at today, about 100 contacts from a hotel, and patients of the hospital where he was treated until his demise have been identified and restricted. The different locations are being decontaminated.
“Our investigation reveals that an official of the Economic Community of West African States on the team that received late Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American diplomat who died of Ebola haemorrhagic disease in Lagos, Nigeria made a trip to Port Harcourt where he checked into a hotel and met with him.
“About a week after his departure, he took ill and was rushed to a hospital with symptoms of fever, diarrhea and vomiting. In the course of treatment, the managing physician became suspicious and took blood samples for investigation.”
He said a few days later, he died, precisely on August 22, stressing that his widow, who is also a medical doctor and who cared for him during his illness had taken ill.