Enugu Govt intercepts COVID-19 patient escapee from Delta, returns case

Enugu State Rapid Response  Team on COVID-19 and the  state’s security  apparatus have arrested a  COVID-19  patient  who had escaped from an Isolation and Treatment Centre in Delta State to Enugu and returned  the patient  to Delta State.

The arrest and returning of the patient to Delta State Isolation and Treatment Centre was possible  following the directives of  Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi .

In a statement, Enugu State Commissioner for Health Emmanuel Ikechukwu Obi,  disclosed that the state’s rapid response team on COVID-19 and the state’s security apparatus, swung into action and with the corporation of the Delta State COVID 19 taskforce, on Monday , the patient was detected, contained and returned the  confirmed COVID 19 case to  Delta State.

Onion said that  “contact tracing and decontamination had commenced immediately”.

He added ,  “For record purposes, total cases ever detected in Enugu State remains 8, with 6 active cases receiving treatment”.

He urged the people to report such case to relevant authorities,  saying to the   people of Enugu State that in times like these, “we owe a responsibility to each other to inform relevant authorities. “When we develop symptoms or know someone who may have symptoms or history of cross boundaries travel into the state”.

He reminded residents of the state  to observe COVID-19 restriction orders and other precautionary measures in the state, which remain in force until further notice.
The rules include,  “All inter-state land boundaries remain closed as earlier directed except for medical emergencies and movement of essential goods and services.

The Presidential directive on the compulsory use of face masks or covering in public and the overnight curfew from 8pm to 6am had taken effect since, May 4, 2020.

He further disclosed that “the state government is in consultation with all relevant agencies and stakeholders towards a comprehensive review of all measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID 19”.

The commissioner  reminded residents  of the emergency call numbers  for health assistance, which  are 08182555550 or 09022333833, or the NCDC number 080097000010

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