RIVERS State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed satisfaction with the manner the Governor Rotimi Amaechi-led administration has tackled the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the state, urging the people not to panic as the situation is under control.
State chairman of the party, Dr Davies Ikanya, gave the commendation in a statement issued by his media aide, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday.
According to the APC chairman, “Governor Amaechi did not only declare war on Ebola but has also stepped up and sustained the war against the disease.
“We wish to commend him and his administration on this, while at the same time appealing to people of the state, including visitors, to fully cooperate with the state authorities on measures rolled out to check the spread of the disease,” he said.
He, however, condemned what he described as the surreptitious way the Ebola virus was imported into Rivers State late last month by a diplomat and the awkward way the late Dr Iyke Enemuo decided to treat his Ebola patient in a hotel without reporting the case to the appropriate quarters for immediate action.
“Inasmuch as we do not wish to waste time on spilt milk, the seriousness with which Governor Amaechi intervened to arrest the situation gladdens our heart as a political party.
“As a visionary and focused government, even before the Ebola outbreak in Rivers State, the Amaechi administration had released the sum of N300 million to the state Ministry of Health to use in tackling the virus in case it eventually arrived the state. “Apart from this, the Rivers State government, through the Ministry of Health, planned ahead by approving a temporary quarantine site in Oduoha, Emohua Local Government Area of the State”, the statement read in part.