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.

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