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COVID 19: Abia to begin testing of residents



Government of Abia State has announced that it would commence massive testing for COVID-19 as part of efforts to curb its spread.

The move was disclosed by Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu in a statement in Umuahia, saying that the new phase of the fight against COVID-19 in Abia would require the testing.

The governor stated that massive testing would enable the state to achieve, at least, 10 per cent coverage of the population at the initial stage of the exercise.

“The state epidemiologist has been directed to work out modalities for case searches, using sample population size of between 30 and 250 people in some densely populated LGAs. “Leading this battle from the front as your governor, I and all members of the first family subjected ourselves to COVID-19 test on Saturday, May 30, 2020, and the results came out negative today. “Unfortunately, results of two of my aides, who also subjected themselves to the COVID-19 test, were positive while others turned in negative results,” Ikpeazu said.

He also asserted that the patients had been admitted at the state’s isolation facility, expressing confidence that the patients would be successfully treated.

Further, He urged Abia residents to desist from stigmatising COVID-19 patients and those who had recovered from the disease, adding that collective responsibility was the best weapon against the pandemic.”If any person contracts COVID-19, it will be saddening, but it is neither criminal nor necessarily the person’s fault. “Let me put it on record that statistics shows that many more people recover from the virus than those who pass away from it”, he continued.

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