The Enugu State Ministry of Health has confirmed 5 new cases of COVID-19 in the state. The cases are as follows:
1. A 32-year-old female, who works as a cleaner in a private hospital.
2. Another 32-year-old female, who is a health worker in a private hospital in the state
3. A 33-year-old male, who is a medical doctor working in a private hospital in the state
4. A 35-year-old male, also a medical doctor in a private hospital in the state. These four cases of health care worker infection are contacts of an earlier reported confirmed case.
They had been part of the patient’s initial management before the state’s rapid response team was alerted. The fifth is a 43-year old male, who had been admitted as ill in one of the tertiary hospitals in the state and on a high index of suspicion; also the state team was contacted for the patient.
Unfortunately, also, the State Ministry of Health confirms a second and third deaths among the COVID-19 patients reported in Enugu. The second death was the other male case reported as having been admitted at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) with a severe underlying medical condition. He also died before he could be transferred to the state’s isolation and treatment centre.
The third death is of a male COVID-19 patient who had been admitted at the ESUT Parklane Isolation and Treatment Centre, also with an underlying health condition. Thus, the update on COVID-19 cases in Enugu, is that 35 cases have been reported, 16 cases are active, 16 cases have been discharged with 3 deaths. To avoid COVID-19, please endeavour to: 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.
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. When you do these, you protect me, and when I do these, I protect you.
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If despite your efforts, however, you develop symptoms or know anyone who may have developed symptoms, please call the following numbers: 08182555550 or 0902233383 or the NCDC number 080097000010 Someone will speak with you and get your details. Stay Safe! Signed: Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu Commissioner for Health, Enugu State.
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