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Abia government reveals identity of runaway COVID-19 patient





- A patient who fled after testing positive for COVID-19 has been declared wanted by the Abia state government

- The state government disclosed that the runaway patient has refused to be isolated for treatment

- The escaped patient reportedly ran away from a temporary holding facility in Aba after being informed of his COVID-19 status

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A patient who fled after testing positive for COVID-19 has been declared wanted by the Abia state government.

The Abia state commissioner of information, John Okiyi-Kalu on Thursday, May 28, disclosed that the runaway patient is a man named Emmanuel Ononiwu, The Nation reports.

Okiyi-Kalu said the patient has refused to be isolated for treatment.

Abia government declares runaway COVID-19 patient wanted

The Abia state government said the runaway patient is named Emmanuel Ononiwu. Photo credits: Channels TV
Source: UGC

The commissioner stated that Ononiwu escaped from a temporary holding facility in Aba after being informed of his COVID-19 status.

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Okiyi-Kalu said the patient in a telephone conversation with the authorities declared that he will not turn himself in.

Ononiwu was also said to have switched off his phone line; 08033484117, along with that of his spouse who is also required to come in immediately for testing.

The government pleaded with any person with information about the runaway patient to call 0700 2242 362, or report to the nearest security agency.

People were advised not to approach him without full protection to avoid infection.

Meanwhile, following increased cases of coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, the federal government has said that in the event of the overflow of hospitals, hotels and schools would be used for isolating COVID-19 patients.

The Cable reports that while speaking at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 on Thursday, May 28, the minister of health, Osagie Ehanire, asked schools and hotels to be prepared.

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Legit.ng gathered that Nigeria has confirmed a total of 8,733 COVID-19 patients, adding that there have been complaints of inadequate bed spaces, especially in Lagos which has 4,012 patients, the highest in Nigeria.

Ehanire expressed optimism that the situation in Nigeria would not “experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals.

In another news report, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has also denied the report that it has shortlisted possible traditional cure for the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Channels TV reported that the chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, made this known on Thursday, May 28, during the briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation's capital.

Legit.ng gathered that the SGF said the PTF did not shortlist any possible herbal cure for the coronavirus pandemic.

Still on health, there is an unfolding drama is Kogi as Governor Yahaya Bello-led government insisted that the north-central state is still free of coronavirus scourge despite fresh discovery.

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Legit.ng gathered that the state's utter denial coincided with the report by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announcing two cases in the state

Saka Haruna Audu, Kogi health commissioner, in a statement on Wednesday, May 27, said the state has conducted hundreds of Covid-19 tests out of which none came out positive, The Cable reports.

He stressed that Kogi has a full testing capacity and any attempt to force the state to announce cases of coronavirus will be completely rejected.

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