…508 Cases, 426 Discharged
By Esther Nworie
Ebonyi state government on Tuesday said 6 out of the 508 persons who tested positive to the coronavirus pandemic have died of the virus while 426 have been successfully managed and discharged.
This was disclosed during a an interactive meeting with the Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe and members of the state anti-coronavirus pandemic at Old Government House Abakaliki where he was briefed by the Commissioner for health on the update of the virus in the state.
Meanwhile, the State said Governor David Umahi who tested positive to the pandemic four days ago was said to be in stable condition and not showing any symptoms of the virus.
Umezurike said that out of the 508 who tested positive to the virus, a total of 426 patients have been treated and discharged.
“We have 508 confirmed cases and we have managed and discharged 406 patients. We categorized it according to the NCDC guideline but the total number managed and discharged is 426 out 508 and we unfortunately lost 6 people to the virus.”
“Right from the beginning, His Excellency, the Governor put in a lot of measures to ensure that we don’t have any case but unfortunately we had our index case on 26th April. Since then, we have been working tirelessly to ensure that we don’t have community transmission but it started happening and that is where we are now.
“Health workers will go house-to-house on daily basis and examine everybody and also do a kind of public sensitization on all the inhabitants of the family they visit and educate them on how to prevent the virus and also know when somebody has been infected”, said.
While addressing the anti-coronavirus committee, the deputy governor said Gov Umahi was strong and stable in self isolation after testing positive to the virus.
He explained that the Governor has not shown any sign of symptoms to the virus.
He urged MDAs, council areas to remember those who have been affected by the virus.
Barr. Igwe noted that Ebonyi relied on the power of the most high God even as the Covid-19 ravages the society.
He also said, the Health Commissioner, CMD FETHA should make sure that all the health workers are tested before they begin the house to house work so as to be sure of their status.
That house to house case search, according to him, is the best way to go now.
He said that the health workers will do public awareness, educate villagers on how to know when someone has the virus.
“We are all aware that a couple of days ago, the Chairman of the Campaign Against Covid-19 prevention and escalation in Ebonyi State together with other aides of his got infected but up till this moment, he has not shown any sign of that infection and he is still very strong, he has been doing his official duties even in isolation which shows the level of passion he has for us and this state.
“Just yesterday, he directed the SSG to inform all the MDAs to commence with effect from today, one hour prayer for the state, for the nation, for our dear Governor and all the persons that have tested positive for coronavirus in Ebonyi State.
“For us at the state level, I want to say on behalf of the committee that the Commissioner for Health and the CMD FETHA and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, that they must make sure that with effect from today, all our health workers must be tested. How can you go to give care to a man who is very sick when you are even more sick than him? Health workers in some places have tested positive to this coronavirus even in Ebonyi here. So, we must be sure that our health workers are safe before giving them the privilege to go and render care to those who are infected”, he said
CMD FETHA, Dr. Emeka Ogah, said the job is a risky job and suggested that the health workers should be trained before the house-to-house job, adding the enough protective equipment should be provided for them.