ENUGU State Commissioner for Health, Prof Ike Obi has clarified that the state government never declared any suspected carrier of Coronavirus wanted in the state.
The clarification came as rumour made the rounds in the state that some persons, whose telephone numbers were equally attached were declared wanted for having come in contact with an active Covid-19 patient.
Obi made the disclaimer, yesterday when he commissioned 10 mechanised hand washing machines donated to the state isolation and strategic centers in the state by South Saharan Social Development Organization in conjunction with WaterAid.
Obi lamented that most times words are used inappropriately in the media, stressing that medical practitioners don’t declare patients wanted, since they were not criminals.
“A patient cannot be declared wanted. That information has been made available to me and I can assure you that it emanated from the state Ministry of health. So the information came from other sources that we are investigating and once we discover source of that information, we will move in and correct the misinformation.
“Patients are not wanted patients. What we do is that we have elaborate system, where we go and do contact tracing. In contact tracing what we do is an interview and counseling and in doing this, it is to find out who may have come in contact with a covid-19 patient. We take information about them, find out where they live and give them all the advice and support that are necessary, provide some materials for them and monitor them until a time.
“Where there are developments that we don’t like, we will now bring them into the isolation Centre for proper care. Unless they manifest serious signs of contracting the disease, there will be no point bringing them to the Isolation centres.”
Obi further disclosed that so far, Enugu state has had a total number of 18 cases of covid -19, with seven active cases and 11 discharged cases.
Executive Director of South Saharan, Dr Stanley Illechukwu said that the parmenent hand washing machines were installed to encourage hand washing as Nigerians cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that times as now were not for individuals and corporate organizations to leave everything to government.
“A lot of people can look inwards and find it in themselves to support healthcare in general. When we all come together to do things in common, we will be able to push this pandemic away. It will become something that will go into records the way Pneumonia, malaria were controlled.
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“Let it be something we can manage, the same way we manage other diseases. All hands should be on deck. So let the people come out with support like South Saharan has done here with Water aid and Minister of Water Resources,” Illechukwu said.
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