The Akwa Ibom State government has described as false reports of cases of the Ebola virus disease in the state.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, in a joint statement with his health counterpart, Dr. Ememabasi Bassey, said so far, no case of Ebola has been established in the state.
He said the rumoured Ebola case at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, was unfounded.
“The medical authorities confirmed it to be a case of allergy. In the case of the corpse brought in from Port Harcourt, it was confirmed that the deceased died of renal failure,” he said.
The statement added that the woman alleged to have had contact with the Ebola case in Port Harcourt, was traced to Aba and not Akwa Ibom.
‘‘The woman has however been certified free of the Ebola virus,” the commissioners said.
Calling for universal action against the virus from both medical workers and citizens, the commissioners, in the statement, said the state government has formed a task force to prevent the disease from gaining entry into the state and is also involved in inter-state collaboration against the disease.
“The state government has acquired hand held infra-red screening machines and no passenger passes through Akwa Ibom airport without undergoing screening. More machines have been acquired for distribution to strategic places in order to ensure adequate coverage of the state,” the statement added.