Afraid that indigenes might be exposed to the virus in event of an outbreak, angry youths in Emohua community of Rivers State have protested against the setting up of an Ebola quarantine centre in their area by the state government. The protest yesterday came as Governor Chibuike Amaechi was commending the global fight against the spread of the virus, describing it as a war to save humanity. Addressing the state’s health workers during a week training on Ebola by professionals from the Elizabeth Griffin Research Foundation in the United States (U.S.), Amaechi lauded the concerted international efforts aimed at curbing the epidemic in West Africa.
The youth barricaded the designated quarantine centre and vowed to resist the use of their community for the treatment and management of any possible Ebola case. Though Rivers has not reported any case, the youth said they were afraid that the centre would easily expose their people to the disease. According to them, it was morally offensive for the state government to designate their community as a quarantine centre.