Residents of Enugu State heaved a sigh of relief on Monday, following the release of six persons who had been quarantined on suspicion of having Ebola virus after coming in contact with a nurse who had travelled to the city from Lagos.
This Day reports that the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. George Eze, made this known during the opening ceremony of a two-week certificate course organised by the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, in collaboration with the West African College of Nursing held in Enugu.
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The Commissioner, who was represented by the Director of Medical Services in the state Ministry of Health, Dr. Ndubuisi Ejeh, said the six remaining persons who had contact with the nurse had been certified free of the dreaded disease following the outcome of their test result.
Eze, however, reiterated the need for people to keep their environments clean at all times, and stressed the need to continue the sensitization on the Ebola virus, warning that presently it had no known cure.
Meanwhile, it was reported that 21 persons were on August 14, 2014 reportedly quarantined in the city after coming in contact with the nurse who had treated the index case, the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer. The number was later reduced to six.
It would be recalled that outbreak of the deadly virus in Enugu state was reportedly caused by a nurse who disobeyed medical instructions and somehow traveled to Enugu after having contact with the late Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian man who brought the disease to Nigeria.