The Enugu State Government has notified the Federal government of its suspected case of COVID-19, popularly referred to as coronavirus.
This was disclosed in a statement by Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi, the Permanent Secretary of the state’s ministry of health.
Dr Agujiobi pointed out that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been notified of the latest development, while a sample from the suspected case has been taken and sent for further investigations.
The suspected case who happens to be a female has reportedly been in the United Kingdom in the last five months and came into Enugu through Owerri on March 11, 2020, to see her son.
Dr. Agujiobi further said that the suspected case is being closely monitored and the results awaited for further action by the government.
Meanwhile, in the latest development, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), has disclosed that the suspected case of coronavirus tested negative to the disease which has become a pandemic globally. The NCDC disclosed this on Monday through its twitter handle. They said that the laboratory result of the suspected case in Enugu, came out negative.
The NCDC through its twitter handle advised the general public to always wait for confirmation of any case from the agency before spreading it on social media or through any other means of communication.
They said they were initially aware of the patient who was suspected to have contracted the COVID-19 disease as that was one of the many alerts they get daily at the National COVID-19 Emergency Operations centre.
They also disclosed that the coronavirus index case and contacts may be released from the isolation centre next week. The NCDC pointed out that it will sustain its communication with Nigerians and continue to provide the public with regular updates on the situation.