THE Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has opened a COVID-19 isolation and centre at Nsukka, a few days after he adapted ultra-modern Enugu State Medical Diagnostic Centre to a 200-bed COVID -19 isolation centre.
The facility Nsukka is the fourth COVID-19 treatment and isolation centres in the state after the centers located at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Teaching Hospital, Parklane, and the Colliery Hospital.
The government might have showed its desire to respond to the threat of COVID- 19 threat in Enugu, when it elected to use the Enugu ultramodern diagnostic centre.
The facility is incidentally is close to the ESUT Teaching Hospital, Parklane, where the first isolation and treatment center for the state is located.
Ugwuanyi, who handed over the facility to the Permanent Secretary, ministry of health, Dr Ifeanyi Agujiobi, was accompanied to the centre by heads of security agencies.
Agujiobi, who is the coordinator of the state’s multi-sectoral committee on COVID-19, said the Nsukka centre is fully equipped, hospital beds medically.
He noted: “The additional ambulances and incidence vehicles are there to take care of patients who may be having COVID-19 infection. It is a brand new hospital and it has been activated to serve as COVID-19 Isolation and Treatment Centre for Enugu North Senatorial Zone.
“The Colliery Hospital, Enugu, which had earlier been earmarked for the same purpose, is currently undergoing massive overhaul and remodelling. That complex would serve as isolation and treatment centre designate, and the fourth centre in the state.
Meanwhile Agujiobi, had in a statement confirmed that two persons who recently returned from the United Kingdom (UK) have tested positive to coronavirus.
Agujiobi, said that the double-index case in the state had voluntarily presented themselves to the public health department and that their test was positive for the virus.
“It is important to inform the public that the patients voluntarily contacted the Ministry of Health on arrival from the United Kingdom and requested for the COVID-19 test, which came out positive.”
Agujiobi added that, “so far, the patients have remained in isolation and the Enugu State Multi Sectoral Rapid Response Team has commenced contact tracing.
“The Government express her gratitude to these patients who reported to the Ministry of Health following the announcement that all returnees from overseas in the last 14 days should report for evaluation