There was complete pandemonium in Awka yesterday as the remains of an Anambra State indigene who died in Liberia and was brought down to his state of origin for burial caused a scare of the dreaded Ebola disease.
The remains of the deceased whose identity was not disclosed was flew to Nigeria by the relations for burial. Likewise, the cause of his death was unknown.
The corpse was brought into the country as a cargo and was taken straight to Apex Hospital and Mortuary at Nkwelle Ezunaka in Oyi Local Government Area of the state by the relations.
The burial plan went without a hitch until it was brought to the notice of the state government that the deceased died in Liberia where the Ebola disease is prevalent.
The state governor, Chief Willie Obiano swung into action as soon as the news reached him. He directed the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Josephat Akabike to sit on top of it, and do the needful.
Addressing reporters in Awka, yesterday, Akabike said though it has not been confirmed that the man died of the Ebola disease, there was need for precautionary measures to be taken.
He said: “We have already contacted the Federal Ministry of Health and we are expecting them to arrive the state any time from now. We have sealed the mortuary and the hospital and all the corpses and the people working there have been quarantined.
“We are also making efforts to locate the family of the deceased to know their level of contact with the corpse when it arrived the country and everybody who had visited the mortuary will also be quarantined.
“We are surprised how the corpse came into Nigeria and Anambra State. It is shocking to us.
“We have directed the police to cordon off the area. Ebola is a very big threat and that is why we are taking all the measures.”