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Abia state government shuts down two hospitals; says two index cases of Coronavirus in the state had no history of travelling abroad or outside their vicinity

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Two private hospitals where two index cases of Coronavirus in Abia state were initially taken to when they felt ill last week, have been shut down by the state government.

 

Dr Okezie Ikpeazu who confirmed that doctors and nurses of the hospitals located at Umuahia North and Ukwa West local government areas of the state were quarantined at a press conference on Tuesday April 21, said it was necessary to determine their health status.

 

He further revealed that the processes and protocols of shutting down of the hospitals are being followed strictly, even as he asserted that the names of the COVID-19 patients would not be disclosed to avoid stigmatization.  The Governor however said one of the Coronavirus patients is from Umuahia North, while the other one is from Ukwa West LGA.

 

Ikpeazu disclosed that the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 would begin a community to community contact tracing, as the two victims had no history of travelling abroad or outside their vicinity except moving round their villages. The inter-ministerial committee will cover Umuahia North, Ukwa West and Ikwuano LGAs where the COVID-19 victims had contact with.

 

He said;

 

“Which means that some people in their communities may have contracted and got them infected and that’s why we should quickly move into the villages and communities to do this contact tracing in order to identify those they were in contact with them before they were tested”

 

The Federal Medical Center in Umuahia has also debunked claim of one of its doctors dying of Coronavirus. According to the management of the hospital, the late doctor resumed as a house officer 5 days ago and had no symptom of Coronavirus before his death. He reportedly died of  cardiac related disease and not COVID-19.

 

A statement made available to LIB by FMC Umuahia’s Customer Care Officer, Sunny Emmanuel Irokansi reads;

 

Following the two COVID-19 confirmed cases in Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, I am directed to state as follows :

-That the Dr, resumed work as a House Officer just five days ago.

-That he died of cardiac related disease, not COVID-19.

-That there was no symptom of COVID-19 before his death.

The General public and staff are hereby, advised not to panic as appropriate measures are being put in place to contain the spread of the virus.

Please be properly guided.

Let us stop spreading fake news.

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About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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