Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State yesterday insisted that Almajirai should go back to their states as Ebonyi will not give them access to the state. Umahi, who stated this immediately after the State Security Council meeting at the new Government House, Abakaliki, explained that “We will not be afraid to say there were no almajirai in Ebonyi State before now. I commend the northern governors for saying go to your state of origin.
The Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi, Anambra State, yesterday said it has not quarantined any doctor, nurse or health worker.
The hospital also said that since they have been working with Anambra State Team of Epidemiologists and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, running tests, none of the suspected cases of COVID-19, they sent for confirmation has returned positive.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in his office in Nnewi, the Chief Medical Director of NAUTH, Professor Anthony Igwegbe said the hospital under the coordination of Anambra State Team of Epidemiologists and the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has been running tests on suspected patients and till date, none of the samples has returned positive. Prof. Igwegbe also said that the health institution has neither quarantined some doctors or nurses at the hospital as being speculated in some quarters nor, had any patient tested positive to the deadly pandemic.
“NCDC has not reported any positive case recorded by the hospital and has not announced any death. It is the duty of the NCDC to make such things public and nothing like that is reported to the agency because we have no case.” “We always work in tandem with the NCDC through the State Team of Epidemiologists as far as the covid-19 issue is concerned and never did anything unilaterally.
He urged them to maintain their personal hygiene, wear face mask, observe social distance as well as, abide by other government directives to control the spread of the deadly virus. Also speaking, Chief Patrick Omeje the Chairman of Nsukka LG, who was represented by Hon. Damian Eze secretary of the council thanked Eze Opi for helping the government with his palliatives items describing it as an uncommon generosity.
“The hospital would only engage its trained laboratory scientists to get specimen from a patient where the coordinating team and agency were engaged. “The samples to confirm the status of a Coronavirus suspect were always taken to Iruua Specialist Hospital, Edo State, Abakiliki, Ebonyi State or most recently the newly approved testing center at Accunalysis Diagnostic Center, Nnewi.”
He said the hospital has not recorded any death of Coronavirus victim, neither has it recorded any single positive case for Covid-19 since the pandemic started let alone, quarantining doctors, nurses or any health worker, all samples sent for tests, so far returned negative.
“This a big health institution where people with different ailments and sickness are treated, there is no basis therefore to conclude if any patient die in the hospital that he or she died of Coronavirus.” Vanguard