By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, says the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has declared the first post-treatment test conducted on the state’s COVID-19 index case negative.
The Governor announced this at a special briefing alongside the Director General of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekwazu, and the Country Representative for World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Fiona Braka, at his home in Aguleri, to update Ndi Anambra on the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his speech, Gov Obiano declared that out of all the 20 samples submitted to NCDC from Anambra State for tests, only the index case returned positive. He said he was delighted that the Index case was responding very well to treatment.
‘In fact, the first post treatment result from the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) returned Negative for SARS-CoV 2. However, following the standards which have been rigorously applied by NCDC since the outbreak of the pandemic in Nigeria, he will go for a second round of test before he can be conclusively declared negative,’ he said.
On tracing and isolation of contacts of the index case, Gov Obiano said the state’s medical team succeeded in tracking 39 persons who had direct contact with the index case.
He noted that five of the contacts were currently quarantined in one of the state’s protective centres, while the rest were quarantined in their individual homes.
‘Meanwhile, 6 out of the 39 contacts have tested negative for Coronavirus. These are people who met directly with the index case 14 days ago. Ndi Anambra, this is something to be cheerful about,’ the Governor said.
Gov Obiano also announced his assent to the Anambra State COVID-19 Law which was passed recently by the Anambra State House of Assembly. He emphasized that all directives by government concerning the lockdown of the state, closure of markets and boundaries, remained.
He commended Ndi Anambra for complying with directives and urged them to remain compliant for the remaining period of the lockdown.
The Governor announced a palliative for Anambra youths to further cushion the effects of the lockdown on Ndi Anambra, especially the needy and the vulnerable. He said the state would give 400 bags of rice to each of the 181 communities in the state.
Speaking at the special briefing, the Director General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekwazu, commended Gov Obiano and the medical team of the state for taking measures to prevent and manage COVID-19 in the state.
He noted that his team was in Anambra to inspect the facilities on ground, including the laboratory of Chukwuma Odumegwu Ojukwu University, which was being considered as a test centre for COVID-19.