Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State has dispelled rumours that the dreaded Ebola virus has found its way to the state.
The governor said there was no reported case of the virus in any part of the state.
According to The Nation, Orji made this known in Umuahia, the state capital, at the weekend.
The governor frowned at the rumour some people were spreading in the media on the disease and called on people of the state to allow his administration do its work instead of creating unnecessary panic.
Orji said the government had taken precautionary measures to ensure that the virus does not enter the state.
He said as part of measures, the state government had set-up a committee, adding that the members were sensitising the people on how to prevent infection by the deadly virus.
He said: “The committee was set up to chase Ebola virus away from the state, instead of the virus chasing us in the state. We have ordered for all the necessary equipment to fight the virus. The Health Commissioner purchased the equipment”.
Orji said his administration was ready to tackle the challenge of the virus head-on just as it did with the cases of kidnapping.
He said: “Just like we did against kidnapping, I want to thank the doctors for their sensitisation on how to avoid contracting the virus.
“We must be ready to face it when the need arises. For now, it is not yet here.
“I am speaking as the governor. After consulting with experts in the medical field, there is no Ebola in any part of Abia”.