Unfortunately, there are shocking revelations of the Ebola virus daily.
The Minister of Health Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has revealed that the Federal Government has placed 69 people who had contact with the late Liberian victimPatrick Sawyerr, are on surveillance and while 2 people have been quarantined.
Chukwu also revealed that the government has not shut the borders for now, except when it becomes necessary. The 69 people will be under watch for three weeks.
He made this statement at a press briefing on Thursday;
“We decided on the proper manner on how to dispose off his body because the corpse of any victim of Ebola disease is very toxic. The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control decontaminated the body. We are tracking all those who had primary contact with him. As of today, 69 persons have been placed under surveillance while two persons have been quarantined.
All those in the same aircraft to attend the meeting with him in Calabar are presently under surveillance. They will remain under this surveillance until a period of three weeks from the date of contact. We have a copy of the passengers’ manifest and we discovered that the sitting arrangement was free sitting. We are working with the airlines to track down those other passengers yet to be identified.
As a Federal Government policy, we have not closed our borders, unless it becomes necessary. But the Aviation Minister is working with us in many aspects to make sure that the virus does not spread.”
Jim Iyke was right after all for using a face mask, as the virus can be contacted on air even while airborne one you contact the droplets.