COVID-19: AN UNPREPARED ENUGU GOVT ASKS RESIDENTS NOT TO PANIC

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The Enugu State Government has asked the residents not to fear even as the administration that has shown no visible evidence of preparedness with any form of counter measures against the coronavirus menace has confirmed that it has quarantined a female septuagenarian suspected to be down with the dreaded Covid-19 at its isolation centre within Enugu, the capital city.

The woman was said to have returned from the United Kingdom recently and showed signs of having contacted the dreaded virus.

The Isolation Centre, which is sited at Colliery Hospital, Enugu had reportedly received patients with diseases like Lassa Fever among others in recent times.

The Enugu state’s Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, who confirmed the development to reporters, said the ministry had sent the suspect’s specimen for test, urging residents in the state not to panic as the state awaits the outcome of the test.

He disclosed that the state had alerted the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control of the situation, adding that the patient was being closely monitored.

A source said that the samples were taken to Irrua Specialist Hospital, Edo State for test.

The permanent secretary further demonstrated the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards activating speedy counter measures to contain the spread when he disclosed that it is only once the test result returns positive, that the process of contact tracing would commence to ensure that all the people who had contacts with the patient were traced and taken to the isolation centre.

Anthony Ukachukwu a resident who spoke on the telephone with TNIN expressed anxiety that the Enugu state government has done nothing to mobilize the people to put measures in place to contain the coronavirus.

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