Nigeria: Widow of Ebola doctor still alive

Nigeria: Widow of Ebola doctor still alive

Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:44 pm

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Widow of the Nigerian doctor that died of Ebola virus infection is alive.

So also is the man’s sister.

Dr. Sampson Parker, commissioner of health in Rivers State, gave the clarification today as news spread abouth their death.

The Ebola victim, Dr. Iyke Enemuo’s wife is on admission at the Quarantine centre in Lagos and Enemuo’s sister  is also undergoing treatment at isolated centre at Oduoha in Rivers.

Parker said on the contrary, the woman who died was an old woman who was admitted at the same Good Heart Hospital, Port Harcourt,where the late Dr. Enemuo was admitted .

                                                                          Dr.Sampson Parker

The woman who had a heart problem developed complications due  to infection of Ebola as the doctor who was treating Dr Enemuo and discovered that he had Ebola virus at Good Heart Hospital also treated the late woman.

The doctor is now under medical observation.

Dr. Sampson Parker,the Commissioner for Health in his update today in Port Harcourt  also said that the body of the late Dr. Enemuo has been interred according to the ” World Health Organization, WHO, standard”,but refused to say how and where the corpse was interred. But observers believe that the body may have  been cremated.

So far,the Ebola Rapid Response team working in collaboration with WHO, Federal Ministry of Health,Doctors Without Borders and other agencies have established contacts with 360 persons accounting for about 96 percent coverage.

Dr Parker explained these contacts are not necessarily infected.  They are under medical surveillance because of the suspicion that they may  have had primary or secondary contacts with the virus since Dr Enemuo died.

“They have different risk levels.Some may never fall ill.We only caution them to limit their movements until after the mandatory 22 days. Doctors are assigned to them to counsel and monitor them.”Parker said.

The state Government has commended the cooperation of Private companies like Anglo-Dutch Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Slumberger who donated Ambulances and others who are assisting with medical kits like sanitizers.

Join The Conversation

What do you think?

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.