Diplomat, who took Ebola to Rivers, an ECOWAS staff

Ebola patient being attended to during the last outbreak

The Rivers state Government has disclosed that the man who evaded surveillance in Lagos and travelled to Port Harcourt after coming in contact with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian American, who brought the virus to Nigeria, is a personnel of the sub-regional group, the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS].

In a broadcast to the people of Rivers state Thursday, the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, said the ECOWAS diplomat, who he did not name, travelled to Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, after Mr. Sawyer infected him in Lagos. He in turn infected a doctor, Ikechukwu Enemuo, who treated him.

Mr. Amaechi said the ECOWAS official travelled to Port Harcourt the day Mr. Sawyer died in Lagos.

Mr. Amaechi said, “Our investigations revealed that a staff of the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS], on the day that the late Sawyer died of Ebola, made a trip to Port Harcourt where he went into a hotel and met with Dr. Ike (Enemuo).

“About a week after his departure, Dr. Ike (Enemuo) took ill and was rushed to hospital with symptoms of fever and diarrhea. In the course of treatment, the doctor became suspicious and took blood samples for investigation.

“In three days, Dr. Ike (Enemuo) died. Dr. Ike’s widow, who is also medical person, and who also took care of him, has taken ill and has been quarantined. Diplomat who was seen by late Dr. Enemuo  is alive and well, there is no need to panic.”

Mr. Amaechi wouldn’t reveal the identity or nationality of the diplomat just like the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, who while confirming the new Ebola cases in Port Harcourt, failed to disclose the identity of the man who took the disease there.

It remains unclear whether Dr. Enemuo knew the diplomat was Ebola-positive before he agreed to treat him.

Earlier reports said he “secretly” treated the ECOWAS official, but details of his knowledge of the official’s exact medical condition are unclear.

Governor Amaechi did not provide those details in his speech Thursday. The identity of the diplomat also remains unknown with neither the Nigerian government nor ECOWAS agreeing to release the name.

It is not also clear whether the ECOWAS official later travelled to Calabar, Cross River State, for a regional conference that initially brought Mr. Sawyer to Nigeria.

A spokesperson for ECOWAS, Sunny Ugo, could not be reached Thursday to comment for this story. His two telephone lines would not connect. The regional grouping has already lost one of its personnel to the virus in Nigeria.

An associate of the late Mr. Enemuo has however given an insight into how the late Mr. Enemuo treated the ECOWAS diplomat, contracted Ebola and died.

The associate, who preferred not to be named, provided what appear the clearest details yet of what transpired in Port Harcourt after the late doctor treated the ECOWAS staff.

The source said Mr. Enemuo, who practiced at Sam Steel Clinic at Rumuokoro, along East-West Road, Port Harcourt, made arrangement with the diplomat and “secretely” treated him at a hotel in the city.

He said shortly after he left Port Harcourt, Dr. Enemuo became ill for three days and was first rushed to Prime Hospital where he was rejected, before being taken to Good Heart Hospital on Evo road, GRA, Port Harcourt.

The source said Dr. Enemuo vomited blood repeatedly and passed blood-stained stool before he died. Mr. Enemuo and the wife had a three-month old baby, he said.

The associate, also a doctor based in Port Harcourt, said the government must act speedily to curb the spread of the virus, and spoke of how the late doctor carried out at least one surgical operation a day before becoming very ill with symptoms later proven to be of Ebola.

He said the medic possibly attended to several patients after he was infected, warning of a potentially higher number of those at risk of the deadly virus.

On Thursday, Governor Amaechi said 100 contacts to the doctor had been traced and placed under watch, while those with symptoms of Ebola had been isolated.

“And as of today, about 100 contacts from the hotel, patients of Dr. Enemuo and patients from the hospital where the late Enemuo was treated, have been identified and restricted. Different locations are being decontaminated,” Governor Amaechi said in his state-wide broadcast Thursday.

Mr. Enemuo’s wife has also been quarantined after showing symptoms of the disease, he said.

The confirmation of an Ebola case in Port Harcourt — the first outside Lagos — has shocked Nigerians, and has heightened fears of the dreaded virus just days after the federal government raised hopes that Nigeria was on the verge of eradicating the highly contagious virus.

With the with the new case, Nigeria has now recorded 15 cases of Ebola, of which six people have died and seven others already discharged from the Ebola isolation center in Lagos, Health Minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said.

 

 


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  • Danjuma

    Wonders shall never end…means Ebola is in rivers as we talk…have the nurses who treated Dr Enemuo before he died at prime hospital or good heart hospital been quarantine?

    • I wonder why Nigerians and West Africans are not calling for those
      deceitful men of God (e.g., Adeboye) to start laying hands on Ebola
      patients.

      • DaPatriot

        You need help

  • Ovie Obaro E

    What is the name of this so called Diplomat and agent of mass destruction? Why can’t you mention his name? Snt cauch a bloody diplomat needs nothing less than violent castration. How could he deliberately spread Ebola and keep mute?…and now Nigerian politicians are trying to save his face by not naming him. Isn’t this fellow worse than atomic Sawyer?

    This is why I am asking for my Niger Delta Republic…the smaller the country, the better.
    God bless the Niger Delta / South South Republic

    • Uchendu

      Parley, you are very correct. The smaller the country, the better. Ours is not even a country, because the different people who make up this our British Nigeria seem to be headed in different directions with different ideologies and different orientation. No wonder things are not working and will never work. Maybe we should try the Scotland/UK methodology. What do you think?

    • redeem

      They cannot deceive us with the presidency of Jonathan–which favors the tripod more than the people of the SS—————-Nigeria is about our oil wells period-how did the man manage to sneak into rivers state————————how-?——————these are some of the reasons why amaechi should be kicked out—-the smaller the merrier—-nothing will work in Nigeria–Jonathan is the only president who is struggling to make it work–the rest are not interested–buhari is there for the fulanis–tinubu the yorubas–and the ibos for themselves–all struggling to demonize jonathan so that they can get a bit of he action—-in SS———–dont deceived by them antics————–the unthinking fall guys are the amaechis and dickson

  • Ehi

    Alarming things we do not know
    What is the location of the Ecowas official? Have the appropriate authorities confirmed he is ebola free? Has he travelled/sneaked into Lagos

    • We don’t know where those deceitful men of God are at this crucial hour.

      Why are Nigerians not calling for their ANOINTED of the Lord (e.g., Adeboye) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

  • Makeri

    What is happening? How can a professional doctor act such a way When he was fully aware of this deadly plague. Now no one know How many people are now affected.

  • ofonime Daniel Imoh

    We are finished!!! Rivers state??

    • Where are those ANOINTED of Lord (e.g., Adeboye)?

      I still don’t understand why Nigerians refuse to call on their men of God to start laying hands on Ebola patients.

      • Lincoln

        @GraceTruth U lousy mumu, what has d men of God got to do in all of this than to pray for the nation?
        Ur politician fathers are there politicising the already tense situation in this country rather than focus on the problems at hand, you are here pointing fingers at the men of God.

        • Don’t you know how powerful the Nigerian MEN OF GOD are?
          They are well-known for healing anything.

          Why have Nigerians refused to call for their Anointed Ones (e.g., Adeboye) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

  • Amidu Haruna

    How much did the diplomat paid the late med doctor that he took such a risk and put the lives of his loved ones and innocent Nigerians at risk as well. What a pity.

    • Okikiola Beckley

      Greed is a bigger motivator than fear.

  • humm

    Stop putting these people under watch , effing quarantine them. This is what developed countries will do. This error is the reason this ECOWAS guy came to PH, because he was under stupd watch instead of quarantine. PH you have alot of work ahead of you because you guys must methodically follow all the leads in finding the secondary and primary contacts .

  • i nobemugu

    Wake up all .how ignorant and nonchalant can we be,no one is asking What is the name of the HOTEL? Why r there disclosures but this hotels identity n the name of the so said diplomat?hmmmm

    • Nigerians should call on their deceitful MEN OF GOD (e.g., Adeboye) to start laying hands on Ebola patients.

      • DaPatriot

        REMEMBER, …… “DO MY PROPHETS NO HARM” which includes using words like “deceitful” on TRUE servants of GOD like Pastor Adeboye. BEWARE!!!.

        • Your thinking is that, these deceitful preachers are equal to THE JEWISH SCRIPTURE (OLD & NEW TESTAMENT).

          They don’t compare at all.

          You and all those following the fake-Christ are the ones that need FEAR THE COMING JUDGMENT.

  • Abiodun

    according to premium times, Mr. Amaechi said the ECOWAS official travelled to Port Harcourt the day Mr. Sawyer died in Lagos. Mr. Amaechi said, “Our investigations revealed that a staff of the Economic Community of West African States [ECOWAS], on the day that the late Sawyer died of Ebola, made a trip to Port Harcourt where he went into a hotel and met with Dr. Ike (Enemuo). “About a week after his departure, Dr. Ike (Enemuo) took ill and was rushed to hospital with symptoms of fever and diarrhea. In the course of treatment, the doctor became suspicious and took blood samples for investigation. “In three days, Dr. Ike (Enemuo) died. Dr. Ike’s widow, who is also medical person, and who also took care of him, has taken ill and has been quarantined. Diplomat who was seen by late Dr. Enemuo is alive and well, there is no need to panic.” –

    On my own side of the story and analysis, we where told previously by the health minister that the ecowas staff defiled surveillance and went to ph and was picked up after four days during a manhunt for him and returned back to lagos . From my own reasoning, If the said man traveled to ph on the day Mr Sawyer died just like amechi has said being 25th july,that means he was returned to lagos on the 29th july of which he has no symptoms and tested negative,,…that is to say he was cured of ebola only for just 4 days in ph…what a miracle, Then from that 29th july till 19th august is another 21 days of which the doctor who treated him in ph would have completed the 21 days incubation period, assuming he was exposed on the 29th july being the day the ecowas official was returned to lagos. we where also told that the said doctor operated upon a female patient on monday being 18th august and fell in on tuesday and died after 3 days being friday 22nd august. from the above statement credited to amechi, the said doctor enemuo took ill a week after the diplomat was returned to lagos, from my calculation,from 29th july till 19th august when the doctor was reported ill is far beyond a week,it was exactly 3 weeks. my people, i think there is a foul play somewhere, these guys up there are no telling us the whole truth. their statements does not add up in anyway. One thins is certain,is either they did not carry out their investigations properly or they are just looking for reasons to justify the billions they have embezzled and how to write off the 1.9 billion naira ebola fund.

  • Rocket_TV

    If Ebola breaks in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria is fucked in ways one can cry trying to imagine. Words cant describe

  • eBusinesz

    I think the commissioner mention the name!

  • Foni

    Thank you for this Fola and I am truly sorry for your loss. The medical negligence in Nigeria is alarmingly on the increase. This is because institutions such as the Human Rights Commission where Nigerians should ordinarily be able to seek redress don’t live up to expectation. I hope that for everyone family who have suffered loss due to the incompetence of medical practitioners, the perpetrators of Remi’s death will be brought to book. Funmi Adeniyi (Cape Town)