The Enugu State Ministry of health in the early hours of Saturday confirmed the first Coronavirus (Covid-19) disease death in the state.
The state also confirmed three new cases of the virus. The development now brings to 30 reported confirmed positive cases in the state.
A statement from the Commissioner of health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi stated that the three new cases had travel histories, adding that two of the new cases are male patients admitted for other severe underlying conditions at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Ituku Ozalla, Enugu.
“They are being treated at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu, and who on a high index of suspicion were transferred to the hospital’s holding area while the State’s rapid response team was contacted for sample collection”, he said
He added, however, that: “On a sad note, one of the patients in UNTH with severe underlying conditions had died before the results returned”
He further explained that the other case was also a male patient who developed symptoms and contacted the COVID-19 emergency number, stressing that he was assessed and subsequently invited for sample collection. “Two of these cases hail from Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State and the other from Enugu North LGA.
“Two of them came into Enugu State from Lagos while the other person came in from Rivers State”, he said The Commissioner, however, disclosed that 3 more cases have tested negative and consequently discharged from the isolation and treatment centers.
He added: “Thus, the current state of COVID-19 cases in Enugu State is as follows: 30 reported cases, 15 active, 14 discharged and 1 death.
“To avoid COVID-19, do not forget to; Stay home when it is not absolutely necessary to go out. Wear a facemask/cover whenever you must go out. Keep a safe distance from other people at all times, which is social/physical distancing and avoid crowded places Practice good respiratory hygiene (when coughing or sneezing)
Clean surfaces with a 1 in 6 concentration of bleach and water, Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds under running water as often as possible and when facilities for handwashing are unavailable, sanitize your hands as often as possible using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer”.
Enugu state now leads the chart of confirmed Coronavirus cases in the southeast zone, as 16 active cases have been recorded in the State. Ebonyi has 13 cases, Imo has 7, Abia has 7, and Anambra 5. There are however only 10 active cases in the state, as 6 of the confirmed cases have been treated and discharged. The Enugu State government said that all reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state have had travel histories, even as it encouraged efforts to minimize interstate movements.
The State Commissioner for health, Dr. Ikechukwu Obi has stated that all efforts to stem the influx of persons not on essential services through boundaries are welcome and encouraged.
The Enugu State Ministry of Health further recommends to the people of the State, the following: *Stay at home as much as you can.
Use a clean cloth mask daily if you have to go out
Do not touch the front of the mask while wearing it
Remove your mask only from both ears at the same time
Wash your cloth mask, dry and iron it every day
Maintain respiratory hygiene when you have to cough or sneeze
Maintain social/physical distancing always
Wash your hands as often as you can with soap and running water
When you can’t wash your hands use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently
Call these numbers if you think you may have or know someone who may have Covid-19 symptoms, 08182555550 or 09022333833, or the NCDC number 080097000010″.
A preteen aged nine was confirmed positive for coronavirus in Enugu State, the state government has announced. A statement by the Enugu State Commissioner for Health, Obi Ikechukwu, said the case increased the number of confirmed cases to nine. Mr. Ikechukwu said the minor is a contact of the fourth case reported in Enugu who had travel history.
Read the full statement below: NEW CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19 IN ENUGU STATE
There is another newly confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Enugu State. This case is a nine-year-old child contact of the fourth case reported in Enugu who had positive travel history. Thus the total number of cases ever reported in Enugu now rises to ten (10) with eight (8) active cases. The patient has been admitted into one of our Isolation and Treatment Centres, further contacts are being identified and line list and necessary samples will be taken for testing. Also, the decontamination of the patient’s home has been promptly carried out.
People of Enugu State are reminded to stay at home, and only go out when absolutely necessary. Further, when going out, you are strongly advised to wear an appropriate cloth face mask, avoid touching the front of the mask, and to always remove the mask from both ears at once, wash, and iron if possible once you get home. Continue to practice physical/social distancing of at least 2m (or 6ft) apart from each other.
Practice proper respiratory hygiene (cough or sneeze into your elbow, use a tissue if you must and discard immediately into a safe and secure bin). Wash your hands as often as possible with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds (or the length of time it takes you to sing the happy birthday song twice) or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when there is no facility to allow you to wash your hands.
Finally sanitize surfaces all round you as often as possible with a 1in6 mixture of bleach and water.