Talk of the Ebola with no cure! Culpable palpable ignorance, like corruption, pervades Nigeria at all levels; and it is an incurable disease.
First, there was the nurse who had a primary contact with the Liberian index carrier of Ebola into Nigeria, Patrick Sawyer. Allegedly, she escaped quarantine to return to her native Enugu State to attend a relative’s wedding. In the process, and before she was captured and returned back into quarantine, she did set in motion the process for possible secondary Ebola infections. She later died. And at the very least her husband has since tested positive, and receiving treatment.
Now, there is the case of “the diplomat who was part of the team who met with Patrick Sawyer in Lagos”. Just like Mr. Sawyer evaded the Liberian authorities and flew into Lagos, this diplomat also evaded the “Nigerian federal government surveillance … flew to Port Harcourt, Rivers State for treatment”, perhaps. A doctor, perhaps a friend or family member, “took him to a hotel” where he surreptitiously lodged him “for treatment” clandestinely and nocturnally through his hospital.
And now, the “Good Heart Hospital” doctor is dead. “His wife has also taken ill and has been quarantined”. Consequently, “70 people have been quarantined”. The hospital “has been shut down”. The “hotel where the secret treatment took place, has also been shut down”. Ironically, “the diplomat the doctor treated is still alive”. Go figure!
The nurse, the doctor: these are the two professionals at the pinnacle, and in the vanguard of the healthcare provision and delivery. Supposedly, they ought to know better. Society expects them to know better, because they have the relevant education and knowledge. Hence, but alas! The truisms: You can be educated and not be enlightened. And you can be knowledgeable and not be wise.

NIGERIA RECORDS NEW EBOLA DEATH IN PORT HARCOURT
The diplomat, who was part of the team who met with Patrick Sawyer in Lagos, flew to Port Harcourt, Rivers State for treatment, evading surveillance for the disease.
BY SAHARA REPORTERSAUG 27, 2014
A doctor, who secretly treated a diplomat who had contact with the index case, Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, has died of Ebola in Nigeria.
The doctor, who has yet to be named, died on Friday. His wife has also taken ill and has been quarantined in Port Harcourt. Interestingly, the diplomat the doctor treated is still alive.
The diplomat, who was part of the team who met with Patrick Sawyer in Lagos, flew to Port Harcourt, Rivers State for treatment, evading Nigerian federal government surveillance for the disease. The late doctor then took him to a hotel for treatment.
As a result of this, 70 people have been quarantined. The doctor’s hospital, Good Heart Hospital in Rivers State, has been shut down. The unnamed hotel, where the secret treatment took place, has also been shut down.
The Minister of Health and the Rivers State government are expected to make a statement on the incident tomorrow.

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