How doctor, who treated ECOWAS diplomat, died in Port Harcourt – Governor Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi.

On Thursday, Governor Rotimi Amaechi made a state-wide broadcast to the people of Rivers state over the detection of an Ebola case in the state. He gave an insight into how the late Dr. Enemuo became infected and how he died.

Listen to the broadcast here

Read full transcript of the broadcast below

Dr. Ike Sam Enemuo died last Friday August 22 2014 as a result of what was suspected to be Ebola virus. The state ministry of health, on becoming aware of his death, commenced investigation and contact tracing.

And as at 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 been decontaminated.

Our investigations revealed that a staff of the Economic Community of West African States, on the day that the late Sawyer who died of Ebola, made a trip to Port Harcourt were he went into a hotel and met with Dr. Ike (Enemuo). About a week after his departure, Dr. Ike took ill and was rushed to the hospital with symptoms of fever diarrhea.
In the course of treatment, the doctor became suspicious and took blood samples for investigation.

In three days, late Dr. Ike 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. Everybody should remain claim and go about their normal duties.

The Government of Rivers state is doing everything possible to contain the effect and spread of Ebola virus. We have the material and human resources we need to fight and defeat the virus. Officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and international agencies are all already working with the Ministry of Health to contain and combat the various.

Now, we must all endeavour to adhere to the basic rules. Wash your hands regularly with soap and avoid unnecessary body contact. Anybody with symptoms indicative of diarrhea, vomiting, excessive abdominal pain and bleeding should call our emergency number – 08167733939 and 07036321076 – or call our emergency centre – 112.

Early detection and appropriate medical attention increase the chances of survival of an infected person. People have survived Ebola and more people can survive it. There is no need to hide or run away. Seek immediate medical care. Call our Ebola help line. Together we can contain and defeat Ebola virus.

Stay safe and God bless you.


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  • trulynigerian

    Ebola! Amaechi act fast like the lagos state government please.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Failure to collaborate with the FG may spell doom for Rivers state. Waited till after the death of the doctor before making a panicky state broadcast and insisting the death carrier is well and alive, makes no sense. Collaborate and put partsian politics behind please, ebola is not a politician

    • greenlight774

      How come ur so – called FG was not able to locate the diplomat. PDP extremist.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Your emotions and your avowed hate for PDP has be clouded your sense of reasoning Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Dr. Kay

          And your love and protection of PDP in the midst of blunders and missteps hasn’t clouded yours either? Where did you get the information that they are not collaborating with the FG , can you show us your proof or you just blowing hot air .This Ebola epidemic needs all hands on deck and not playing of politics because the next person to you on the queue in the bank or bus stop may be carrying it. Looking at the solution or otherwise through the prism of partisanship will be disastrous . A Yoruba saying says if you throw a stone into a crowded market place it might hit your relation or even your wife or kids on the head , so let’s stop this nonsense and think rationally to completely eradicate this scourge before it consumes us all. A word is enough for the wise.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            In all your lengthy post, you did not contest my submission, instead you want to protect your own. He who comes to equity must come with clean hands is the adopted slogan of PDP. Embrace it, it might drive away ebola from you Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Dr. Kay

            Contest and protect what if I may ask ? Cause you lost me there. My submission was about your not having a proof of wether Rivers state had contacted the FG or not and if you call that protection well I can’t deny you your opinion . But you likewise didn’t address the fact that is indisputable PDP missteps and blunders . For starters #bring back our girls ……. Over 100 days and counting ……… Where are they? And don’t tell me APC is Boko haram because it won’t fly.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            You have jumped to bring back, our girls matter without concluding the port harcourt ebola issue. Let’s take them one at a time, else I get confused. I hope it not your wish to converse with a confused man Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN