COVID-19: Contact tracing of active cases in Imo in full gear, says Iwu

Prof. Maurice Iwu briefing newsmen on recent update

The Prof. Maurice Iwu-led Task Force Committee on Covid–19 in Imo State has said that contact tracing of active cases in the state is in full gear. Prof. Iwu spoke on Wednesday in Owerri on the 86 coronavirus cases recorded in Imo.

Briefing newsmen at the Task Force Office, Iwu informed that only 12 cases are active out of the 86 and that they are being treated at two different centres in Owerri: Six at FMC Isolation Centre and another six at Well-being Centre along Orlu Road, also in Owerri. The gender spread, he said, is three females and nine males.

Prof. Iwu further informed that the contact tracing of the active cases is in full gear as all suspects are yet to be reached.

He reiterated that Imo State has not yet recorded any official coronavirus death from those in the Isolation Centres of Government. He, however, regretted that a case of covid-19 death was reported on Saturday in Imo State of somebody who died in his house, but whose blood sample tested positive to the pandemic.

The Chairman said that when new cases are identified or reported they are evacuated from their homes to a Well-Being Isolation Centre from where they are distributed to other Isolation Centres to avoid congestion and multiple spread.

Prof. Iwu, in a statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Oguwike Nwachuku, and made available to Newsmart,  urged anyone that has the trace of infected persons or suspects to the coronavirus disease to report to the committee, emphasizing that the virus is real, even though many are still in doubt of its existence.

He reassured that his committee is not relaxing on its oars as the members are daily steping up testing and sensitization to ensure that Imo State is safe from the unknown enemy.

Prof. Iwu reiterated that three categories of people are mostly endangered in this fight and they are persons of 65 years and above, people suffering from diseases or other ailments and the third group, health workers who come in contact with the Covid–19 everyday in the line of duty.

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