EBONYI STATE RECORDS SECOND POSITIVE CASE OF COVID-19
The Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE, FNATE today Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 confirmed the second positive case of Corona virus in Ebonyi State. Briefing the public in a broadcast at the New Governor’s Office, Centenary City, Abakaliki, the Governor stated that the second case is a 27-year old man who resides and does business in Asaba, Delta State.
The patient was returning from Asaba with his 7-month pregnant wife and a caregiver on Sunday 27th April, 2020. They got to Ishieke Junction, Abakaliki in the night through Ishielu/Enugu border but were stranded because of the 7pm to 7am ban on movement in Ebonyi State. The police intercepted them and brought them to the State Covid-19 holding centre at Pa Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki where they were scheduled for screening.
The samples were collected for test at the State Covid-19 Testing Centre. The man tested positive, the wife’s test was inconclusive, while the caregiver’s test was negative. The man had intermittent headache and no other symptom for now. He had minimal contacts and they are being traced. He is presently isolated for care at the State Isolation/Treatment Centre at Unity Square, Abakaliki.
The Governor is encouraged that the combined efforts of the Anti-Corona virus Task Force and the Security agencies are yielding fruit. So far, the two (2) cases recorded by the State are Cases of persons returning home from the epicenter states and they were all intercepted on transit to their destinations in the State. Thus, we have manageable and traceable contact cases arising from the two index cases.
The Governor therefore once again pleads with Ebonyi people living outside the state especially those that are resident at the epicenter states to stay where they are in the interest of the safety of the inhabitants of the state. He urges all persons in Ebonyi State to wear face masks once out of their houses, while urging all Ebonyians to intensify the enforcement of total lockdown of the borders. He assures that our measures are proactive, preventive and comprehensive enough to secure our people from the scourge of Corona virus pandemic. Meanwhile, the Governor has directed the establishment of another holding centre at Government Technical College (GTC), Abakaliki which shall be an extension of the central holding centre at the state township stadium.
He urges all and sundry to remain calm and stay safe as there is no cause for alarm. By the power of God, it will all end in praise.
Hon. Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji
(Honourable Commissioner for Information and State Orientation and Acting Commissioner, Human Capital
Development and Monitoring)