Abia State COVID-19 cases up 166, as Govt moves to set up two labs

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Abia State deputy governor

THE Abia State Deputy Governor, Ude Oko Chukwu, has said that the state will continue to conduct aggressive testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in communities as part of the strategies to identify those infected.

The state government explained that an extension of that strategy is the procurement of two molecular laboratory equipment from United States.

After a meeting with members of the Abia State inter-ministerial committee on Covid -19, the deputy governor told newsmen on Monday, that he has called on indigenes, especially those resident  in Aba to take due measures to protect themselves, as he expressed fears that, “the infection outlook in the commercial city is not looking good.”

He said: “Currently, we have recorded 166 confirmed cases in the state with 20 patients discharged from our isolation facilities. 

“We are not alarmed by the recent upsurge in the infection rate as we have increased aggressive testing across the state and we believe that we have what it takes to nurse our patients back to health.

“Reports available to us indicate that our major concern is Aba, which appears particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 infection and we call on the residents to take measures to protect themselves, by observing the hygiene protocols.

“We will continue to pursue aggressive testing as a key measure of identifying and controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the state.”

The deputy governor said the state will deploy the rapid response team to all the local government areas to ensure that the target set by the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu of testing at least 10 per cent of the population is achieved.

He expressed the hope that the governor will return to work soon and that the willingness of the administration to procure necessary materials to support the medical protocol team of the committee will continue as the state responds to the challenge of COVID-19.

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