Via the Nigerian Tribune: Ebola: We uncovered 96% high risk cases through contact tracing —Rivers govt. Excerpt:
Rivers State government has said it was able to reach out to about 96 per cent of the high risk cases of Ebola virus, who had primary contacts with the late Dr Iyke Enemuo, who died of the disease some two weeks ago.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Samson Parker, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in his office, on Tuesday, adding that the state government had attained an appreciable success rate in tracing those who had primary contact with the late doctor.
The health commissioner said: “As of Sunday, contact tracing was ongoing. But on Monday, we had a report that almost all of them have been contacted.
“We now have 96 per cent coverage, which is huge and which is a good success and by now, as we are talking, they would have finished everything. So, we are on it and almost all of them have been contacted,” he said.
Parker, however, blamed the parastatals handling the nation’s airports for their collective lapses that enabled the ECOWAS diplomat to sneak into Rivers State through the Port Harcourt International Airport, before being lodged into a room at Mandate Gardens Hotel, at Rumuokoro, by the late Dr Enemuo.
World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Director in Nigeria, Rui Vaz, who was at the briefing, commended Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Dr Parker for the proactive measures put in place so far to contain the spread of the Ebola virus in the state.