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Friday, August 29, 2014

Ebola Hits Nigerian Seaport of Port Harcourt - Dr Dies, Hospital Closed, 200 Quarantined

Just like a Nurse who was suspected to have contracted the Ebola virus escaped from Lagos to Enugu some weeks back, another woman, this time the sister of the Doctor who died of Ebola in Port Harcourt has escaped. It was gathered that the woman escaped to Abia State to avoid being quarantined along with others who came into contact with the late doctor.

The good news is that one of her siblings, who is also a Medical Doctor, has forced her to return to the quarantine center in Port Harcourt.
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Port Harcourt is a city of more than a million people and is Nigeria's main seaport.

The woman, whose action would have further endangered the lives of more Nigerians, helped care for her brother, the late Doctor, before it was discovered that he died of the deadly Ebola.

At least 200 people who came in contact with Dr. Enemuo, who died last Friday in Port Harcourt, and most of those who visited his hospital and the hotel where Dr. Iyke Enemuo treated the ECOWAS (The Economic Community Of West African States) staff that took the disease to Port Harcourt have been quarantined.

The ECOWAS diplomat who had had contact with late Patrick Sawyer flew to Port Harcourt the same day he died, and met up with Dr. Enemuo. Possibly aware of the deadly nature of the disease the diplomat was suffering from, Dr. Enemuo opted to treat him secretly at a local hotel.

After recovering, the ECOWAS staff flew back to Lagos to seek clearance to travel out of Nigeria.
Quarantined and checked for Ebola in Lagos, he was found to be free of the virus. However, a few days after he left Port Harcourt, Dr. Enemuo took ill and was hospitalized at Good Health Hospital in Port Harcourt where he died of Ebola.

The hospital has now been closed down, until further notice.

The good news is that antidotes are being discovered in several countries; the bad news is that they haven't been properly tested, and there seems to be little cooperation between different countries involved resulting in a lot of duplicated work and probable delays.