David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
Twenty nine persons, consisting of health workers, relations and business partners of the COVID-19 index case in Anambra State, have been quarantined and awaiting testing, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, has revealed.
Okpala, who spoke to journalists in Awka, gave details of how the COVID-19 response team in the state searched for the index case from 8p.m. to 3a.m., after National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) contacted the government to reveal that a case has been registered in Anambra State.
The commissioner said: “I went with the team to places I ordinarily would not go at that time of the night, and I knocked on a lot of doors to wake the people up from sleep to ask about the individual.
“He left the hospital when he should not have left, and usually, while waiting for patient’s result, we keep them in check, but this man ran away even before the result was out, and when I called the doctor managing him, and he told me the man was not in the hospital, we had to go looking for him.
“Presently, the index case is being treated at an isolation centre, and he is receiving the best of treatment. He has every facility he needs and is also provided whatever he wants.
“Contact tracing is on vigorously, and we have 29 persons who were contacts of the index case, and they include medical personnel at the hospital where he was being previously managed; his relatives and business associates. Those traced are being closely monitored now.”
He said the hospital where the case was previously treated has been fumigated, and people should feel free to use the facility.