Ebonyi Records Another Case of Covid-19
By Victor Nwegede
Ebonyi State has recorded the second case of Covid-19 pandemic today.
The Governor of the state, Engr. David Nweze Umahi on Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 confirmed the second case of Coronavirus tested positive.
This was made known in a press release by the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, and Acting Commissioner, Human Capital Development and Monitoring, Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji.
According to the press release, Governor Umahi on live broadcast at the New Governor’s Office, Centenary City, Abakaliki, said, the second case is a 27-year old man and business dealer residing in Asaba, Delta State.
The Press statement further noted that the man was already sick due to the infected virus, but on his returning from Asaba with his 7-month pregnant wife and a caregiver on Sunday 27th April, 2020 got to Ishieke Junction in Ebonyi council area in the night through Ishielu-Enugu border, and became stranded because of the 7pm to 7am ban on movement in Ebonyi State.
However, the policemen on duty were said to have intercepted and brought them to the State Covid-19 holding centre at Pa Ngele Oruta township stadium, Abakaliki where they were scheduled for screening.
The samples were collected for test at the testing centre, and the man tested positive, but the wife’s test at the time of filling this report, remained inconclusive, while the caregiver tested negative. The man was reported having intermittent headache and no other symptom was confirmed on him then. He was equally said to have minimal contacts and they were all traced.
“He is presently isolated for care at the State isolation/treatment centre at Unity Square, Abakaliki. The Governor is encouraged that the combined efforts of the Anti-Coronavirus Task Force and the Security agencies are yielding fruit. So far, the two cases recorded by the State are Cases of persons returning home from the epicenter states and they were all intercepted on transit to their destinations in the State. Thus, we have manageable and traceable contact cases arising from the two index cases.
“The Governor therefore, once again pleads with Ebonyi people living outside the state especially those that are resident at the epicenter states to stay where they are in the interest of the safety of the inhabitants of the state. He urges all persons in Ebonyi State to wear face masks once out of their houses, while urging all Ebonyians to intensify the enforcement of total lockdown of the borders. He assures that our measures are proactive, preventive and comprehensive enough to secure our people from the scourge of Corona virus pandemic. Meanwhile, the Governor has directed the establishment of another holding centre at Government Technical College (GTC), Abakaliki which shall be an extension of the central holding centre at the state township stadium.
“He urges all and sundry to remain calm and stay safe as there is no cause for alarm. By the power of God, it will all end in praise,” parts of the statement hinted.