The Enugu State Ministry of Health confirms 68 new cases of Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the state, since our last situation report, which had been updated on the website of Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The total number of reported positive cases of COVID-19 in Enugu State, is now 144 cases – 110 active, 29 discharged and 5 deaths. These can be reconfirmed on the NCDC website – https://covid19.ncdc.gov.ng/ The number of health-worker infections in the state stands at 49.
Following some misconceptions over the spread of the pandemic in the state, it has become necessary to correct and inform the public that Enugu has had its share of COVID-19 infections, just as it is happening all over the world.
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No individual category has been spared by the pandemic. Consequently, men, women, children, old and young, people of every profession and socio-economic class have been affected.
The State Ministry of Health COVID-19 Response Team continues to follow the protocol and public health advisories of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 and that of the Federal Ministry of Health, in responding to the pandemic.
These advisories are available at the NCDC website too. We continue to identify cases by testing and contact tracing. We decontaminate the homes, workplaces or hospitals where identified cases and their contacts have been. Thus, please contact the State Ministry of Health for the proper protocol on decontamination. We isolate and treat cases using the prescribed treatment regimens.
We discharge our cases when they meet the criteria for discharge. This is not a time to avoid visits to hospitals when medical attention is needed. Health workers and facilities continue to do their best in the prevailing circumstances in this pandemic era and have also continued to deliver on their mandates, despite the huge risks faced by all Please do not suffer in silence.
COVID-19 is real! Be Responsible!
*Stay home when it is not absolutely necessary to go out.
*Wear a facemask/covering 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.
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*Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds under running water as often as possible.
*And when facilities for hand-washing are unavailable, sanitize your hands as often as possible using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. When You do these, you protect me, and when I do these, I protect you. If despite your efforts, however, you develop symptoms or know anyone who may have developed symptoms, please call the following numbers: 08182555550 or 09022333833 or the NCDC number 080097000010.
Someone will speak with you and get your details.
Signed: Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu Hon. Commissioner for Health, Enugu State.
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