THE Abia State Government has denied a report by two Aba-based journalists that there two persons had contacted and died of the dreaded Ebola virus deasease in the state, accusing the journalists of “spreading false rumour.”
A press statement signed by the Chief of Staff to Governor Theodore Orji, Mr. Cosmos Ndukwe, described as mischievous some media reports that Ebola had claimed a victim in the state.
The statement read in part, “Abia State Government views with utter dismay the spread of malicious lies by two Aba-based correspondents over purported Ebola Virus scare and death in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of the state.
“These stories are the very definition of barefaced lies, handiwork of mischief makers and concocted to create panic amongst Abians.
“It is unfortunate that at a time the nation is promoting the use of valid data, research and statistics to tackle challenges, especially those that are health related, custodians of news are trading in lies and non-verifiable stories. “
The statement noted, “As at the time of this release, no case of Ebola could be verified either in Isiala-Ngwa or any other location in Abia State.”
It further noted that “the story of a woman whose identity cannot be ascertained that died of suspected Ebola virus at Ndiolumbe Isiala-Ngwa is possibly the figment of the imagination of those who are peddling the rumour.”
The statement, which said that five quarantine centres had already been designated by the state government as part of pro- active measures to contain the virus in the eventuality of its outbreak, enjoined members of the public not to panic over the false report.
Source; Punch News