In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 26th, June, 2020

Hospital Exposes COVID-19 Case In Cross River, Says The State Is Not Coronavirus Free

Hospital Exposes COVID-19 Case In Cross River, Says The State Is Not Coronavirus Free

Cross River COVID-19

Ben Ayade

The College of Calabar Instructing Hospital (UCTH) mentioned a affected person has examined constructive to coronavirus within the facility even supposing the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has not introduced any confirmed case of COVID-19 within the South-South state.

The hospital administration mentioned it has already knowledgeable the NCDC of the latest growth which added a brand new twist to the controversy trailing the COVID-19 free standing of Cross Rivers State.

On Thursday, the NCDC introduced 594 newly confirmed instances bringing to 22, 614, the overall variety of infections in all states throughout the nation besides Cross Rivers.

“With latest developments, it does seem that the state (Cross Rivers) might not be freed from COVID-19 as typically believed,” an inside hospital memo completely obtained by PREMIUM TIMES mentioned. “A latest speedy take a look at carried out on a affected person got here out constructive. Nonetheless, the affected person had recovered and was discharged from our isolation centre final week.”

In line with the memo dated June 25 and directed to all division items, employees and sufferers of UCTH by the hospital’s chief medical director, Ikpeme Ikpeme, “henceforth there will probably be strict entry and exit protocols into our amenities in furtherance to steps taking to guard employees and sufferers towards the virus.”

That is coming few weeks after PREMIUM TIMES reported how the lawmaker representing the Obudu State constituency within the Cross River State Home of Meeting, Godwin Akwaji, died of fever and different COVID-19 signs on the College of Calabar Instructing Hospital Isolation centre.

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Conundrum

Authorities in Cross River have continued to say that the state is COVID-19 free regardless of been surrounded by states with confirmed instances, alleging that there’s a plot to make sure the state information a case.

Final week, the state authorities accused the NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Well being of delivery constructive and detrimental take a look at kits and cartridges to the Nigeria Navy Reference Hospital in Calabar, to violate the state’s COVID-19 free standing.

The company denied the allegation by the state’s Commissioners of Info and Well being, describing it as a misinterpretation of the nation’s COVID-19 testing technique and efforts to guard the well being of Nigerians from the illness.

In the meantime, well being authorities and federal officers who consider the authorities in Cross Rivers is discouraging checks for individuals with signs of COVID-19 are disputing the state’s free standing.

“There’s sufficient anecdotal proof to assist the assumption that instances of the COVID-19 illness exist within the (Cross River) State,” Efik Management Basis mentioned just lately in a letter it wrote to Muhammadu Buhari, requesting the Nigerian President to intervene within the matter.

The group mentioned the Cross River authorities has been “rejecting” COVID-19 testing within the state.

Within the inside memo, the UCTH administration mentioned the NCDC has permitted the hospital as an unbiased isolation centre.

Mr Ikpeme, the hospital CMD mentioned the implication of that is that henceforth “we don’t have to move samples via the epidemiology unit of the state as was the case earlier than.

“The hospital can now ship samples on to NCDC accredited laboratories whereas the NCDC works to assist arrange and accredit our laboratory. We subsequently urge all people to actually do the needful to make sure that our group is protected against the coronavirus pandemic.”

The hospital Administration additionally urged employees and sufferers to guard themselves as maximally as doable.

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“That is nonetheless with out prejudice that well being caregivers should make themselves accessible always to supply ample remedy to sufferers with out worry. Administration, then again, will do all the things doable to make sure employees and sufferers are adequately protected in line with NCDC pointers,” the memo mentioned.

Calls and texts Friday morning to Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC government director, on in search of to know if the company has duly been notified of the latest growth and the way it might reply weren’t responded to as of the time of submitting this report.

 

BELOW IS THE FULL MEMO BY THE HOSPITAL

College of Calabar Instructing Hospital

P. M. B 1278
Calabar

CIRCULAR

From: Chief Medical Director

To: Heads of Departments/Models, Workers and Sufferers

Date: June 25th 2020.

UCTH STAFF HEALTH ADVISORY: CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Administration of the College of Calabar educating hospital is conscious of the agitation and uncertainties related to coronavirus pandemic within the state. With latest developments, it does seem that the state might not be freed from COVID-19 as typically believed. A latest speedy take a look at carried out on a affected person got here out constructive. Nonetheless, the affected person had recovered and was discharged from our isolation centre final week.

Administration, subsequently, urges employees and sufferers to guard themselves as maximally as doable. That is nonetheless with out prejudice that well being caregivers should make themselves accessible always to supply ample remedy to sufferers with out worry. Administration, on the opposite hand, will do all the things doable to make sure employees and sufferers are adequately protected in step with NCDC pointers.

The UHC administration has been in direct contact with the NCDC director and the NCDC has permitted the hospital as an unbiased centre. the implication of that is that henceforth we do have to move samples via the epidemiology unit of the state as was the case earlier than. The hospital can now ship samples on to NCDC accredited laboratories whereas the NCDC works to assist to arrange and accredit our laboratory. We, subsequently, urge all people to actually do the needful to make sure that our group is protected against the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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In furtherance of steps taking to guard our employees, sufferers and amenities, administration will guarantee strict compliance with measures geared in direction of defending our inhabitants. This may contain strict entry and exit protocols into our amenities. We urge understanding, endurance and cooperation.

Prof. Ikpeme A. Ikpeme

Chief Medical Director.

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Supply: PREMIUM TIMES

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