Cross River records first confirmed case of COVID-19
Cross River State, the only state without Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria, has recorded her first confirmed case, PARADISE NEWS reports.
This was disclosed by the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme, on Thursday, June 25, 2020 in a circular with the title: “UCTH STAFF HEALTH ADVISORY: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC”.
According to Prof. Ikpeme, a rapid test was conducted on a patient and the result came out positive.
“A recent rapid test carried out on a patient came out positive. However, the patient had recovered and was discharged from our Isolation Centre last week”, Ikpeme stated.
He further urged the staff of the hospital to protect themselves and operate with the NCDC guidelines.
“Management therefore urges staff and patients to protect themselves as maximally as possible. This is however without prejudice to the fact that health care givers must make themselves available at all times to provide adequate treatment to patients without fear.
“Management on the other hand will do everything possible to ensure that staff and patients are adequately protected in line with National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines”, the CMD said.
Ikpeme added that the UCTH Management has been in direct contact with the Director General, NCDC and NCDC has approved the Hospital as an independent test centre.
He said, “The implication of this is that, henceforth, we do not need to pass samples through the Epidemiology Unit of the State as was the case before.
“The Hospital can now send samples directly to NCDC accredited Laboratories while the NCDC works to help set up and accredit our Laboratory.
“We therefore urge everybody to honestly do the needful to ensure that our community is protected from the Coronavirus pandemic”.
“In furtherance of steps earlier taken to protect our staff, patients and facilities, Management will ensure strict compliance with measures geared towards protecting our population. This will involve strict entry and exit protocols into our facilities. We urge for understanding, patience and cooperation”, Ikpeme maintained.