…Now 9 Cases in Ebonyi …Ebonyi Set To Build Gates At Borders
By Esther Nworie
A three year old baby has been confirmed positive to the rampaging Coronavirus pandemic in Ebonyi State.
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State who confirmed the development during his weekly State wide broadcast to update residents of the State on the Coronavirus on Wednesday, said the patient which is the 8th Coronavirus patient in the state was first child of the husband and wife who was earlier reported positive.
He said the little child’s result came out on 11th May and it was positive but the younger one who is about a year and some months tested negative.
He expressed worry that the only child who tested negative is being breastfed by the mother who is positive to the virus.
“As at today (Wednesday), we have a total of eight cases. Three of the cases are very sympathetic because it involves a man and the wife. The man and the wife have two little children; one is a year plus, the other one is three years. Then we tested the man and the woman. In fact, we took the woman and the man followed to perform his husbandry role and we tested them and both of them tested positives. Now, that is the 6th and 7th cases.”
“On 11th of this month, one of the kids; the three year old tested positive now left with the little child of a year and half. The doctors have been battling because the child that tested negative is still sucking breast and the doctors have counseled the father and the mother to isolate the little child since that child tested negative twice and the state will support the little child if they can bring the child care or we provide one but they have held onto the child.”
“Even through our CCT monitor, they will remove the child’s shirt and then be breastfeeding the child. We don’t know what to do in that kind of circumstance”.
On the misconception of people about the reality of Coronavirus, the governor challenged those doubting that the virus is real to come to the virology center and hug the patients who tested positive.
He said, “And for those who still doubt that covid-19 is political, I pity them so much. Why can’t you come and prove that by coming to our treatment centres? We will give you access and you will come and embrace those who have it, we will allow you to do that. That is the way to prove that the disease is not real, not on facebook.”
Umahi used the opportunity to announce his plan to build gates at the borders to curtail people violating the Coronavirus law in the state.
“I spoke with Enugu Governor and we agreed to share building of gate together and it is still on my mind to build gates at our borders so that when we lock it, we just go home. We will build it in such a way that even if you want to go through the bush, you cannot pass.
“I am going to be very strict on these border restrictions. If there were restriction of borders, we wouldn’t have had one case in Ebonyi state and that is the truth.”
The governor further gave breakdown of number of suspected patients at the isolation center and at the different Local Government areas of the State.
He said quarantined suspects are being issued with certificate when after 14 days such person(s) test negative to the virus.
“In our efforts at the local governments, we have a total of 31 people being held at the holding centre in Ohaozara local government, Ebonyi local government 72, Abakaliki local government 31, Ezza North 28, Ohaukwu 35, Ishielu 23, Afikpo North 35, Onicha local government 23, Ivo 1, Afikpo South 32, Ezza South 16, Ikwo 35, Izzi 31. Total is 438.
“Our directive is that these people that are committed to the holding centres, they are noted and we will take their samples and test after 14 days and if they test negative, we will release them with discharge certificates.”
“At the stadium, we have 35 people. 33 are waiting results of tests so that we will release them. 396 people have been issued with discharged certificates. We have tested a total of 818 samples mostly from Ebonyi state but we will also test for other states in South East and South South. We have treated 378 suspected cases that tested negative. If you test negative and you have some slight issues, we give you drugs and make you well before you go home.”