Imo State Government House Owerri

Press Release


–          Cautions Against Processions With Corpses And TakingThem To Church


Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has said that the deadly disease called Ebola is not in Imo state and will never come to the state, adding that there is no cause for alarm in the state over the dreaded disease.


The governor had said in a brief Broadcast to the people of the state on the Ebola disease that the people of the state have rejected Ebola, therefore it won’t come to the state, adding that the same God that made the Bomb planted at the Winners’ Chapel Owerri not to explode will also not allow Ebola to come to the state.


The governor however announced certain precautionary measures, and said that his government has got ready all it needed to check the scourge if it eventually finds its way into the state, stating that the Ochiedike Diagnostic Centre along Concorde Hotel road, Owerri has been set aside for any eventuality while certain materials have also been procured.


One of the precautionary measures Governor Okorocha had outlined was that the people of the state should stop procession or running around with corpses and that people should also stop taking corpses to the church until the Ebola diseases is gone, noting that with the way the Ebola disease is being talked about, it is no longer advisable to be doing celebrations with corpses with prevailing scene now in the country.


The governor also told the people of the state living Overseas especially in African countries to restrict their movements back home this period and if they should come, their relations must make it known to the government to ensure that such people are well diagnosed and their status known, telling Imo people too to now see cleanliness and neatness as necessities, and no more matters of choice.  He also called on families in the state not to discriminate against their relations or friends over Ebola virus but should keep close watch on their related ones, or neighbours or friends and report without any delay any suspected person.



Sam Onwuemeodo

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media