COVID-19: NAUTH Nnewi records index case as patent medicine dealer tests positive

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By Pamela Orji, Awka

The Nnamdi Azikiwe Teaching Hospital, Nnewi has announced its index case of Coronavirus.

The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Professor Anthony Igwegbe had in a message said that the patient, a male trader resident in Onitsha was admitted into isolation ward following proper triage on presentation on 20th May.

According to him, the specimen thst was taken from the patient a day after he was admitted and sent to Irrua came out positive for COVID-19.

Igwegbe’s message read, “NAUTH recorded her first case of confirmed covid 19 disease yesterday Saturday 23rd May following the release of the result by NCDC.

“The patient was quickly moved from our Isolation Ward to the Anambra state Treatment Centre last night for care and treatment.

“The patient, male, trader resident in Onitsha was admitted into isolation ward following proper triage on presentation on 20th May. Specimen for test was taken the following day and sent to Irrua.

“All the necessary precautions weretaken as all who attended to him used PPEs. We shall be remaining vigilant as we celebrate Eid el Fitr. Barke de salla.”

The news of the patient’s positive result has however filtered into his country home of Ufuma, Orumba North Local Government Area of the state, creating shock wave and anxiety that the disease may have killed his wife who died recently.

The information which filtered in through the community’s WhatsApp platform partly read, ”Ndi Ufuma, it’s with a deep sense of gloom and sadness that I announce to you that an index positive covid19 person has been identified in Enugwuabo Ufuma.

“You will hear it sooner than later. God bless Dr Ugboaja who gave us a tip early enough but i must say that before his tip we really could not say the extent of contact with that person since he is a patent medicine dealer at Ezieze.”

“I plead with any Ufuma person and VG operatives with mobile public address system to help in dissemination of information to ndu Uvume who may have come in contact with Chukwudi or his late wife that runs a medicine and business centre stores at Ezieze to please come to the Primary school Enugwuabo for sample collection and test by 12 noon today, Saturday, 23rd May.”

“Testing positive to covid-19 is not a death sentence. There is no recorded death in Anambra from covid19 prior to the wife’s death last Saturday which stemmed from morbid ignorance.”

“You are safer and help keep your loved ones safe too with your declaration of contact with the aforesaid persons. It is glaring that the Diji and government’s stand that dead relatives be buried immediately they die is one of the safest measures to be undertaken to avoid the corona virus.”

“Now that the virus is here in Ufuma, I call on all those who left their dead persons in any morgue to hasten and pick up the corpses for immediate burial following government directives. Save the living and not the dead, ndu Uvume. Good morning and happy survival. God will protect us all.”

It was gatheted that Chukwudi’s wife was last week brought to NAUTH in a bad condition, coughing and subsequently died before samples were taken.

A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the woman was immediately taken home for burial and by the time a medical team traced the family to the village, the corpse had already been embalmed.

“However, samples taken from her husband tested positive for Coronavirus, hence the suspicion that the wife may have died of the virus”.

Though the teaching hospital has already notified its staff of the situation, it is not yet clear the number of people, the man or his wife had contact with.

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