Ebola: 18-Month-Old Infant Tests Negative, Says Rivers Commissioner


The Commissioner of Health in Rivers State, Dr Sampson Parker, yesterday, said that the 18 months old baby at the Port Harcourt Ebola treatment centre has tested negative to the disease, adding that a fresh test would be done on the infant before concluding on his Ebola status.

The infant was admitted recently at the treatment centre after manifesting symptoms of the disease.

Parker, who spoke in Port Harcourt, also appealed to the international community to assist in the fight against the dreaded Ebola virus in Liberia and Sierra Leone, stressing that such move would curtail its spread to other West Africa countries.

On the wife of late Dr Iyke Enemuo, who is at the Ebola treatment centre in Lagos, the commissioner expressed the hope that she would soon be discharged, noting that she was responding to treatment.

“We can commend the Nigerian government for the success it has achieved in combating Ebola. We can also commend Rivers State for its efforts in containing the spread of Ebola, but we cannot go and sleep when Liberia and Sierra Leone are still battling with the spread of the disease.

“The international community and the other West African states should do more. If we think we have successfully contained the spread of Ebola in our countries and then shut our eyes to what is currently happening in Liberia and Seirra Leone, we will not also be helping ourselves because citizens of these countries may find their way into our country no matter how well we claim to have policed our borders.

“I am pleased to inform you that Dr. Iyke Enemou’s wife, who is currently receiving treatment at the National Treatment Centre in Lagos is doing well and will soon be discharged”, he said.

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