The Abia State Government says all the 31 high risk samples so far taken and tested from contacts of index cases returned negative including those of their spouses, caregiver as well as some medical personnel who managed them.
The Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu who made this known in a release sent to newsmen said the state government have also traced 262 contacts and actively following 212 of them who are under surveillance and isolation.
Chief Kalu announced that, “Our index cases, both of who were patients of Federal Medical Center (FMC), Umuahia, are stable and receiving care at the isolation facility of the hospital and we are optimistic that even as geriatric patients who are above 70 years old and with underlying medical conditions, God will use the firm and experienced hands of our medics to bring them back to good health
“In appreciation of the work and sacrifices of the frontline staff of FMC and others involved in the management of the index patients and their contacts, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has instituted a special hazard allowance for the concerned staff of FMC along with the case management pillar lead and members of the Abia State Emergency Operations Centre with effect from 20th April, 2020.
“In addition to the above support, Governor Ikpeazu has deployed the following materials to FMC to support the institution in the management of the patients: Two units of patient monitors, one oxygen concentrator and medications in respect of the two index patients admitted in their isolation center.
Medical doctors on the payroll of the state government are working in conjunction with other health personnel in caring for the patients. In collaboration with NCDC, the state sponsored the training of relevant medical personnel in the handling of COVID-19 cases”, he said.
He disclosed that 17 Local Government Areas which include Ukwa West, Ugwunagbo, Isiala Ngwa North, Ikwuano, Ohafia , Umunneochi , Aba North, Obingwa, Isiala Ngwa South, Umuahia South, Isuikwuato , Bende , Osisioma, Aba South, Ukwa East, Umuahia North and Arochukwu have received their Palliatives for onward distribution to their communities., While the state geriatric service agency would continue with house to house palliative deliveries to senior citizens who were home bound and above 70 years in age, adding that deliveries through Churches would resume soon.
According to Abia Information Commissioner, ” Abia workers have started receiving their April 2020 salary and payment to pensioners will likely be done tomorrow along with the payment of subventions to parastatals.
“The ongoing statewide lockdown, boundary closure and dusk to dawn (6pm to 6am) curfew in the state continues till otherwise advised.
“State Mobile Courts have been formally inaugurated by the Chief Judge of Abia State, Justice Onuoha Ogwe, to speedily try those who violate ABIA STATE INFECTIOUS DISEASES (EMERGENCY PREVENTION) REGULATIONS 2020.
“We wish to express our sincere appreciation to all private and corporate citizens who have donated money, food and protective items to the people of the state through the state government as well as those who responded to our “onuru ube nwanne” call to support our communities at this trying time. Your acts of love and support will surely be rewarded by God
“We also wish to appreciate the understanding of our people who have mostly conducted themselves well in the face of obvious challenges as a result of the emergency regulations occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 in Nigeria. Our assurance to them is that this one will also pass”.