Facts have emerged on how a Nigerian diplomat infected a medical doctor with the deadly Ebola Virus just as health authorities announced that it had been effectively controlled in Lagos.
Street Journal gathered that the diplomat had primary contact with Patrick Sawyer, the index case of the disease and after showing symptoms, he reportedly evaded health workers in Lagos and moved to Port Harcourt where he engaged the service of Dr. I. S. Enemuo of Sam Steel Clinic, East West Road, Rumuokoro who treated him secretly. Street Journal gathered that the diplomat, on being stabilized, flew back to Lagos.
Findings also revealed that the Monday after he concluded the diplomat’s treatment, Dr. Enemuo did a surgery on a woman, only for him to fall ill on Tuesday. When he was not responding to treatment and it became noticeable that he was presenting symptoms including vomiting blood and bloody diarrhoea, he was rushed to Prime Clinic but was rejected. He was later taken to Good Heart on Evo Road, GRA where he was placed on admission. He died on Friday.
Sensing what might happen, Rivers State Governor, Hon Rotimi Amaechi appealed for calm as it has become obvious that there might be well over 200 contacts already. The deceased doctor’s wife is a primary contact, so also is his 3-month-old baby and as many as might have come in contact with them for medical reasons or otherwise.
Meanwhile, the diplomat was said to have submitted himself for medical checks in order to he cleared to travel out of the country.
Contact tracing efforts have started while health workers are being trained on how to manage the situation.