Enugu state on Monday confirmed 68 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total caseload to 144.
In a statement obtained by Channels Television, the state’s Ministry of Health said the number of active cases is 110.
The statement, signed by the state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu, also added that at least 49 health workers have been infected in the state.
However, the Ministry asked residents to remain calm and follow prescribed health guidelines such as the washing of hand and wearing face masks.
“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,” the Ministry’s statement said.
“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.”
The Enugu state government on Friday confirmed five new cases of the novel coronavirus involving health workers, hospital support staff, and a patient.
The cases are a female who worked as a cleaner in a private hospital and another 32-year-old female who is a health worker in a private hospital in the state.
The third and fourth persons are medical doctors who work in a private hospital in the state, and the fifth is a 43-year-old male who had been admitted as ill in one of the tertiary hospitals in the state on a high index of suspicion.
According to the state’s commissioner for health, Dr. Ike Obi, the four health workers were contacts of an earlier case, a patient they initially managed before the state’s rapid response team was alerted.
Dr. Obi also noted that the state has unfortunately recorded its second and third fatalities. So far, 35 cases have been reported, 16 cases are active, 16 discharged with 3 deaths.
Citizens are however advised to stay home, wear facemasks in public, observe the social distancing protocol, and practice good respiratory hygiene, the commissioner said.
The Enugu state government has confirmed three new cases of the novel coronavirus in the state.
In a statement on Saturday, the state’s Ministry of Health said all three cases have a travel history, two from Lagos state and one from Rivers.
The new cases bring the total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Enugu to 30, with 16 discharged and one death.
“Two of the new cases are male patients admitted for other severe underlying conditions,” the statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Health. Dr. Obi Emmanuel Ikechukwu, said.
They were being treated at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Enugu when, 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.
The other case is also a male patient who developed symptoms and contacted the COVID-19 emergency number.
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,” the statement said.
“Two of them came into Enugu State from Lagos while the other person came in from Rivers State.”
The Enugu State Ministry of Health has announced that two (2) of the ten (10) previously active COVID-19 cases undergoing treatment in Enugu State have now tested negative and are being assessed for discharge from the isolation and treatment centre where they have been receiving treatment.
These two cases are the three-year-old and 13-year old contacts of the 3rd case in Enugu State, the indigene of Bauchi State with a positive travel history to and from Jos, Plateau State.
According to a communique from the ministry, the unwavering support and commitment of the Enugu State Government ably led by His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has continued to yield good results as the motivated staff of the State Ministry of Health continue to work tirelessly to identify, isolate, and treat COVID-19 cases in the state.
The health ministry urged the people of Enugu State to continue to comply with the directives of the Federal Government, the Enugu State Government on containment of the spread of COVID-19 as well as the precautionary measures in the public health advisory of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the Enugu State Ministry of Health.
“The best options remain:
To stay home when it is not necessary to go out.
To wear a facemask/covering whenever you must go out.
To keep a safe distance from other people at all times, which is social/physical distancing protocol and avoid crowded places
To practice good respiratory hygiene (when coughing or sneezing).
To clean surfaces with a 1 in 6 concentration of bleach and water.
To wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds under running water as often as possible.
And when facilities for handwashing are unavailable, to 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.
A man and his wife have deceived medical officials in a bid to avoid being isolated after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Commissioner for Health in Enugu State, Obi Ikechukwu, disclosed this in a statement sent to Channels Television on Sunday.
He noted that two new positive cases were confirmed in Ebonyi and involved a couple who travelled to the state from Oji River in Enugu, where the man purportedly deals in phone accessories.
Ikechukwu explained that the Enugu State Ministry of Health COVID-19 Rapid Response Team immediately moved to investigate and identify their contacts in Oji River for follow up.
He, however, decried that the team could not find any proof that the couple lived in Oji River as claimed and none of their contacts could be traced.
“Further communication with the health authorities in Ebonyi revealed that this couple intentionally deceived the medical team on duty by saying they were coming from Oji River in Enugu, in order to hide the fact that they were on a trip from Lagos State, in an attempt to evade quarantine,” the commissioner said.
He, therefore, appealed to the residents of Enugu to remain calm and continue to abide by the preventive measures as directed by the Federal Government, Federal Ministry of Health, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the state government.
Ikechukwu asked them to stay home and only go out when absolutely necessary and wear a mask if they must go out.
He also urged them to practice physical and social distancing, proper respiratory hygiene, and wash their hands as often as possible with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds, as well as use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser in the absence of water.
The Enugu State government has confirmed a new positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
In a statement on Friday, the Commissioner for Health in Enugu, Obi Ikechukwu, revealed that the case involved a nine-year-old child.
He explained that the patient had contact with the fourth case reported in the state.
“Thus, the total number of cases ever reported in Enugu now rises to nine with seven active cases.
“The patient has been admitted into one of our Isolation and Treatment Centres, further contacts are being identified and line listed, and necessary samples will be taken for testing,” the commissioner said.
He noted that the decontamination of the patient’s home had been promptly carried out and urged the residents to stay at home but only go out when it was absolutely necessary.
The commissioner also advised them that when going out, they should wear an appropriate cloth face mask, avoid touching the front of the mask, and always remove the mask from both ears at once and wash it as soon as they get home.
“Continue to practice physical/social distancing of at least 2m (or 6 feet) 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,” he stated.
He added, “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 sanitiser when there is no facility to allow you to wash your hands.”
Ikechukwu also urged residents to sanitise surfaces in their environment as often as possible with a mixture of bleach and water.
He asked them to stay safe and report anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to appropriate authorities.
“As you know, we started yesterday through Holy Ghost, ShopRite, Old Artisan, and later in the day Government House. Today, we are doing it at Okpara Square, bearing in mind that this is more of a gathering centre as there is always a multitude of people here.
“If not because of the lockdown of the state, you will see people jogging, exercising themselves. His is the centrepiece of the state’s social gathering. If there is anything being done by the state government or even Federal Government, or anything that will attract a crowd of 500 and above they will use Okpara Square.
“The state government is being proactive to make sure that coronavirus will not be a threat to the state. Tomorrow, we are moving to Obiagwu Council. Saturday, Sunday we may rest. Monday, we will go to Nsukka,” he stated.
He has also called on citizens to comply with the sit at home order and avoid public gatherings so to enable them carryout the assignment.
Sirika noted that the suspension became necessary after the workers complained that they cannot continue to discharge their duties comfortably in the face of the pandemic thereby exposing themselves to the virus.
In a meeting that had in attendance Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), representative of the state government and the Southeast Governors Forum, the Minister noted that the job which he puts at over 93% completion will resume when the war against the pandemic is won.