The Enugu State government, on Sunday, announced 115 new cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number in the state to 675.
The state Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, stated this in a statement issued in Enugu.
He said that the confirmation of the new cases was contained in the update given by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Obi explained that out of the 115 new cases, 35 were confirmed on July 17, with the remaining 80 confirmed on July 18.
COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number in the state to 675.
He gave the number of confirmed patients undergoing COVID-19 treatment as 298, adding that 360 had been discharged after two post-treatment tests, which came out as negative, while 17 were confirmed dead.
The commissioner advised members of the public to adhere strictly to all the NCDC precautionary measures, saying “COVID-19 is real.”
He urged the residents of the state to call 08182555550, 09022333833 or the NCDC number 080097000010, if they noticed any COVID-19 related symptom or knew anyone who might have developed the symptoms.
The Enugu State government may impose fresh guidelines and safety measures in its efforts to contain further spread of coronavirus in the state. Insisting that this followed the rise in the number of infections, it explained that as at yesterday, the state had the highest number of cases in the South East with 418 confirmed infections, 11 deaths and 221 discharged patients.
It was learnt that the state government decided to await the final report of the state’s COVID-19 Expert Medical Advisory Committee (EMAC) on the escalation of the outbreak to impose fresh guidelines on the containment of the virus.
In its preliminary report released last week, the committee advised the state government to broaden the enforcement of the use of face masks and penalise defaulters so as to stress the importance of the preventive measures.
It recommended restriction of the scale, number and length of time for religious gatherings and other celebrations, adding that government should reconsider elaborate burial ceremonies of probable COVID-19 cases that may have died before their test results were released.
“We must ensure that in paying respect to the dead, we should protect the living. Burial rites, therefore, must be personalised for only immediate family members and not crowds to limit spread of coronavirus,” it said.
After reviewing the report, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had stated, “This would have been the right time to impose lockdown on the state. We are now being confronted with the virus proper and the activities of our people have helped in spreading the pandemic.
A top government official told The Guardian that Governor Ugwuanyi was saddened that in spite of his administration’s efforts, the rate of infections had continued to rise in the state.
The Enugu State Government yesterday confirmed 19 new cases of coronavirus, lamenting that with the new development, confirmed cases of COVID-19 have risen to 76 with five deaths, 44 active and 27 discharged cases.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi, stressed that COVID-19 was real and urged residents to continue to adhere to necessary protocols to protect themselves and stay at home when there was no emergency and wear face masks if they must go out. Besides, the state government shut down a health facility in New Haven following reports that some of its workers had tested positive for the virus.
The hospital, a Health Management Organisation (HMO) for workers of some corporate organizations and institutions in the state, was shut after its staff members had contact with a case, now spreading to other workers of the hospital.
As part of efforts to address the health needs of its patients and members of the public while tackling other challenges of coronavirus, the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku-Ozalla partnered the Health-In-A-Box initiative of the Federal Ministry of Health to introduce a telemedicine hospital response service.
Chief Medical Director of UNTH, Dr. Obinna Onudugo, said the technology-driven support system enables regular patients to dial-in to access critical health information and consult with medical practitioners.
Palpable fears may have enveloped the National Orthopedic Hospital, Enugu as no less than 30 doctors, nurses, and other workers have been asked to proceed on 14 days self Isolation after one of its nurses tested positive for Coronavirus.
The nurse was said to have been infected by her husband but had been reporting for duties until she started showing signs of contracting the virus last week.
“The hospital is now in disarray because she has been reporting for duties. We never knew that her husband was said to have tested positive for the virus. So, on Monday, all the doctors, nurses among others were asked to go into 14-day isolation”, one of the doctors confirmed to the Guardian on anonymity
He stated that already samples had been taken for tests, stressing that the “danger is that we have made several contacts both within and outside the hospital environment”.
State Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Ike Okwesili who confirmed the story stated that all the units that had contact with the nurse had been shut down.
“That is the practice to avoid more infections. Even the people that had contact with the case at UNTH, Enugu have all been isolated. That unit has been closed down for another 14 days and the entire hospital is being watched”, he said.
A young man infected with the virus had died before his result came out over the weekend at the UNTH. Doctors who attended to him we’re said to be treating a different case until the result of his samples was released. The case was the first death of the virus in the state.