Tension in Abia as 17 NYSC members test positive to Covid-19
By Steve Oko
There is palpable fear in Abia State as no fewer than 17 National Youth Corps members have tested positive to the dreaded coronavirus pandemic.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Osuji who confirmed the development described it as worrisome.
Dr. Osuji said the discovery was made when the corp members arrived the orientation camp for compulsory covid-19 testing.
According to the Commissioner, seven of the patients have been treated and discharged, two at self isolation and five at the state isolation center.
The Commissioner regretted that people were no longer careful in observing the covid19 protocol.
“People no longer wear face masks and those who wear it wear it half way”, he lamented, adding that the pandemic is not yet over as the virus is still ravaging many countries across the world.
He commended Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu for his proactiveness in tackling the pandemic at inception .
The Commissioner explained that initially they “were transporting samples of the covid19 test to Irua Edo state, Abakaliki Ebonyi State and a laboratory centre at Owerri but when it became extremely difficult and expensive, the governor provided everything needed to establish a molecular lab at Amachara general hospital, Umuahia and infectious and treatment centre Aba.”
Dr. Osuji noted that at the peak of the pandemic the state tested up to 10,864 persons based on samples collected and out of which 947 tested positive.
The Commissioner said that they followed self isolation daily and provided medication adding that “as of today 925 persons have been treated and discharged, 11 patients are now on self medication with close monitoring while 7 are currently at isolators and treatment centres.”
He said that the state had established sample collection centres in the 17 LGAs adding that Abia has the highest sample testing centres across southeast and south south.
“In the month of July till date testing is still ongoing in the entire LGAs, if somebody tests positive we immediately begin contact tracing from family to were he or she works, that is how we have been able to contain the virus, as I speak we have almost flattened the curve, all this is made possible through the governors efforts”. The commissioner disclosed.Steve Oko, Publisher/C.E.O, WaWa News Global. For more information on advert placement and news coverage, contact us on: 08038725600, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Always read WaWa News Global - Your most dependable online news platform for the latest breaking news in Nigeria.