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Abia, Kaduna, others launch surveillance for COVID-19 case contacts



ABIA launched a special surveillance to trace 209 contacts of the two index coronavirus cases in the state with a view to bringing them for treatment in an isolation facility.

  Abia State Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi-Kalu, made this known in a statement released today in Umuahia.

  According to him, an Abia Rapid Response Team and the Medical Protocol Sub-Committee of Abia Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 as well as Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia, were tracing other contacts of the index cases.

  “All the medical personnel involved in the management of the patients and their family members are currently in isolation with samples already collected from some of them for testing. We are awaiting results for the suspected cases. A team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is providing support,” he said.

  He said that the contact tracing would continue around Ikwuano, Ukwa West and Umuahia North Local Government Areas of the state.

  Explaining that the two index cases were septuagenarians who had underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and left ventricular failure, Okiyi-Kalu disclosed that the index cases are stable and receiving care at the isolation centre at FMC, Umuahia.

  Speaking further, Okiyi-Kalu said that one of the patients who were previously on oxygen support has started breathing well without any respiratory aid.

  He therefore advised residents of the state to continually observe all the guidelines issued by the NCDC and the state’s inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19, especially use of face masks and hand sanitisers, regular handwashing with soap under running water, social distancing, and leaving the house only to buy food and drugs as well as obeying the lockdown,

because defaulters will be prosecuted at the mobile courts in line with the Abia State Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020.

  Similarly, Kaduna has tested 115 people while tracing 174 contacts of people that tested positive for coronavirus in the state. Out of this number, nine new confirmed cases were reported.

  Kaduna State Commissioner of Health, Dr Amina Mohammed-Baloni spresented the development yesterday.

  According to her, a testing laboratory has been activated at a private facility, with two others at Yusuf Dantsoho Hospital while Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria will soon be ready for COVID-19 testing activities.

  “The Infectious Disease Control Centre (IDCC), was upgraded in terms of infrastructure, specialised equipment and personnel to make it capable of managing COVID-19 patients that may need critical care.

State investment and corporate social responsibility of organisations have made it possible to have an additional facility equipped and ready to admit additional 150 patients if necessary. Very soon, the treatment centre would have its side laboratory to support the management of patients in its care.

The Kaduna State Emergency Operations Committee meets daily, seven days a week, to review progress of the plan and other emerging issues. So far, over 22,000 people trained on various components of Covid-19 prevention protocol or its management,” she said.

  Also, 84 contacts of Adamawa COVID-19 index case are being traced. All of them case came in contacts with in Yola.

  Adamawa State Chairman of COVID-19 Containment Committee, Bashiru Ahmad, stated this yesterday at a media forum yesterday.

  According to him, the state’s COVID-19 index case, Kabir Awal, would be discharged soon because he is already at the recovery stage.

  “We have informed our colleagues in Kano that our index case in Yola is a returnee from Kano. But here in Yola our contact tracing mechanism started working. Our people have listed 84 persons the journalist had primary and secondary contacts with,” he said.

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