A second case of the Cotonavirus has been officially recorded in Rivers State.
The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC disclosed this during its State of the nation address.
Although it did not shed light on the development as many have expected, the NCDC revealed that Rivers now has two cases
Information emanating from some circles suggest the latest victim might be a septugenerian whose travel history may include exposure to a foreign country. This simply means that the Rivers State Government and health officials may have started tracking all those who may have made contact with the victim.
Not much is known about the Rivers plan for fighting the virus. The government has however taken proactive measures to reduce the possibility of a widespread viral attack.
It has shut its boundaries, placed a ban which bars commutters from embarking on inter-state journeys, and shut down social activity, including markets, night clubs, public parks, weddings and burials.
But what is the plan? That’s the question.
The governor hasn’t disclosed anything on the State’s curative plans.
Insiders say Wike is holding his pet plan as a trump card.
In Eleme, there is a hospital. It is well equipped. It was set up by Eleme sons and daughters living in the diaspora.
Sources say the hospital has state of the art facilities.
Outside the centre that is being built by the CBN, the Wike administration apparently has something to fall back on.
Wike a couple of days ago inspected the centre that the Central Bank is constructing.
The CBN’s support is seen as part of efforts by federal agencies to extend a helping hand to Rivers State.
“We haven’t heard much of the Ebola centre in Emohua”, said a concerned Rivers indigene.
“We hope that the Rivers State Government is up to something. We truly hope so.”
Insiders hint that Wike may be more prepared than many observers think.
Those close to the governor say he may be selling a dummy. If this is correct, it may mean that the governor might be headed in a different direction in his search for solution.
Only time will tell.
Wike is already crying out. He is asking for federal funds and demanding it like hell.
The governor’s slant tends to suggest that the Federal Government may be partial in the way it is responding to demands from states with reported cases of the virus.
Wike had recently pointed at Lagos while pushing a case against the Federal Government over what his administration sees as the implementation of a strategy that is not favouring the Rivers State.
Money is coming. The Federal Government is planning to withdraw funds from the nation’s sovereign funds.
This should act like a cushion, especially for states that are feeling the pinch due to tumbling oil prices.
When that happens, Rivers may lay its hands on extra cash required to fight the virus and provide palliative that would have direct bearing on the people.
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