Barely two weeks after two COVID-19 index cases (husband and wife) tested negative and were discharged from an isolation Centre in Enugu, the State has recorded another case.
A statement by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ike Obi, showed that the patient traveled out of Enugu on March 28 to Jos, Plateau State and returned to the state on April 14, 2020 and was later diagnosed of COVID-19 after being admitted with symptoms of the disease.
“This case has a positive travel history. The confirmed case travelled out of Enugu on the 28th of March 2020 and returned from Jos, Plateau State, 2 weeks ago (14th April 2020).
“This confirmed case developed symptoms on Tuesday 21st April and reported to a frontline health centre in the state on Saturday 25th April 2020.
“A vigilant health care worker, operating on a high index of suspicion contacted the Enugu State COVID-19 Rapid Response Team, and this case was brought in for sample collection on Monday 27th April 2020. The result returned on the evening of 28th April 2020 as a confirmed positive case,” the statement narrated.
According to the statement, “the patient has been admitted into one of our Treatment and Isolation Centres, while contacts are being identified, line-listed and for samples to be taken for testing. Decontamination of the residence of this case will also be promptly carried out.”
The statement commends medical and health workers in the frontline of COVID-19 case in the state alongside security personnel manning the inter-state borders for their efforts.
The statement further encouraged security personnel to tighten borders to prevent those on essential duty from gaining entry or existing the state.
The Statement urged people to maintain the basic precautionary measures to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
These include proper hand washing with soap and water, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer, use of face mask and social distancing.