The College of Calabar Instructing Hospital (UCTH) stated a affected person has examined optimistic to coronavirus within the facility even supposing the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has not introduced any confirmed case of COVID-19 within the South-South state.
The hospital administration stated it has already knowledgeable the NCDC of the current improvement which added a brand new twist to the controversy trailing the COVID-19 free standing of Cross Rivers State.
On Thursday, the NCDC introduced 594 newly confirmed circumstances bringing to 22, 614, the entire variety of infections in all states throughout the nation besides Cross Rivers.
“With current developments, it does seem that the state (Cross Rivers) might not be freed from COVID-19 as typically believed,” an inside hospital memo completely obtained by PREMIUM TIMES stated. “A current speedy check carried out on a affected person got here out optimistic. Nonetheless, the affected person had recovered and was discharged from our isolation centre final week.”
In response to the memo dated June 25 and directed to all division models, employees and sufferers of UCTH by the hospital’s chief medical director, Ikpeme Ikpeme, “henceforth there will likely be strict entry and exit protocols into our amenities in furtherance to steps taking to guard employees and sufferers towards the virus.”
That is coming few weeks after PREMIUM TIMES reported how the lawmaker representing the Obudu State constituency within the Cross River State Home of Meeting, Godwin Akwaji, died of fever and different COVID-19 signs on the College of Calabar Instructing Hospital Isolation centre.
Authorities in Cross River have continued to say that the state is COVID-19 free regardless of been surrounded by states with confirmed circumstances, alleging that there’s a plot to make sure the state data a case.
Final week, the state authorities accused the NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Well being of delivery optimistic and destructive check kits and cartridges to the Nigeria Navy Reference Hospital in Calabar, to violate the state’s COVID-19 free standing.
The company denied the allegation by the state’s Commissioners of Info and Well being, describing it as a misinterpretation of the nation’s COVID-19 testing technique and efforts to guard the well being of Nigerians from the illness.
In the meantime, well being authorities and federal officers who imagine the authorities in Cross Rivers is discouraging assessments for individuals with signs of COVID-19 are disputing the state’s free standing.
“There may be sufficient anecdotal proof to help the assumption that circumstances of the COVID-19 illness exist within the (Cross River) State,” Efik Management Basis stated just lately in a letter it wrote to Muhammadu Buhari, requesting the Nigerian President to intervene within the matter.
The group stated the Cross River authorities has been “rejecting” COVID-19 testing within the state.
Within the inside memo, the UCTH administration stated the NCDC has accepted the hospital as an unbiased isolation centre.
Mr Ikpeme, the hospital CMD stated the implication of that is that henceforth “we don’t have to go samples by the epidemiology unit of the state as was the case earlier than.
“The hospital can now ship samples on to NCDC accredited laboratories whereas the NCDC works to assist arrange and accredit our laboratory. We due to this fact urge all people to truthfully do the needful to make sure that our group is protected against the coronavirus pandemic.”
The hospital Administration additionally urged employees and sufferers to guard themselves as maximally as doable.
“That is nevertheless with out prejudice that well being caregivers should make themselves obtainable always to offer enough therapy to sufferers with out worry. Administration, alternatively, will do all the things doable to make sure employees and sufferers are adequately protected in line with NCDC pointers,” the memo stated.
Calls and texts Friday morning to Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC govt director, on in search of to know if the company has duly been notified of the current improvement and the way it might reply weren’t responded to as of the time of submitting this report.
BELOW IS THE FULL MEMO BY THE HOSPITAL
College of Calabar Instructing Hospital
P. M. B 1278
From: Chief Medical Director
To: Heads of Departments/Models, Workers and Sufferers
Date: June 25th 2020.
UCTH STAFF HEALTH ADVISORY: CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Administration of the College of Calabar instructing hospital is conscious of the agitation and uncertainties related to coronavirus pandemic within the state. With current developments, it does seem that the state might not be freed from COVID-19 as typically believed. A current speedy check carried out on a affected person got here out optimistic. Nonetheless, the affected person had recovered and was discharged from our isolation centre final week.
Administration, due to this fact, urges employees and sufferers to guard themselves as maximally as doable. That is nevertheless with out prejudice that well being caregivers should make themselves obtainable always to offer enough therapy to sufferers with out worry. Administration, on the opposite hand, will do all the things doable to make sure employees and sufferers are adequately protected consistent with NCDC pointers.
The UHC administration has been in direct contact with the NCDC director and the NCDC has accepted the hospital as an unbiased centre. the implication of that is that henceforth we do have to go samples by the epidemiology unit of the state as was the case earlier than. The hospital can now ship samples on to NCDC accredited laboratories whereas the NCDC works to assist to arrange and accredit our laboratory. We, due to this fact, urge all people to truthfully do the needful to make sure that our group is protected against the coronavirus pandemic.
In furtherance of steps taking to guard our employees, sufferers and amenities, administration will guarantee strict compliance with measures geared in the direction of defending our inhabitants. It will contain strict entry and exit protocols into our amenities. We urge understanding, persistence and cooperation.
Prof. Ikpeme A. Ikpeme
Chief Medical Director.
Supply: PREMIUM TIMES