Abia coronavirus patient who ran away, surrenders self, family to hospital

Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has warned workers in the state that the coming months will not be easy despite the health challenges already posed by the global pandemic COVID-19.

A runaway positive COVID-19 patient in Aba, Abia, has surrendered himself and members of his family to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Aba, for management of his sickness.

The commissioner for information in the state, Okeiyi Kalu, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Aba on Saturday.

The positive case was declared wanted on Thursday by the Abia Government, after he disappeared from a holding facility in Aba, having heard that he tested positive for coronavirus.

Kalu said that the patient reported at the IDH by 8.05 a.m. on Saturday with his wife and other family members.

He said that the state rapid response team ambulance had taken them to the State Specialist Hospital and Diagnostic Center, Amachara, Umuahia, for isolation and management.

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According to him, having taken the patient and the family into custody at the specialist hospital, the family members would be tested for the virus.

The commissioner said that the tracing of other contacts of the runaway patient had already begun.

He said that three patients currently being treated at the isolation centre, including a 19-year-old man from Afugiri, Umuahia, and a 30-year-old man from Ofeme, Umuahia, would be discharged on Saturday.

Kalu further disclosed that the third person to be discharged was a Lagos-based indigene of Olokoro, Umuahia, who returned to plan the burial of his relative, a COVID-19 patient who died in Kano.

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The commissioner said that the trio were fit for discharge after testing negative twice consecutively.

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