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Cross River State records Covid-19 index case



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The Chief Medical Director of University of Calabar Teaching Hospital has announced the Index Covid-19 case in Cross River State.

Recalled some soldiers transferred from Cross River State to Sokoto last week tested positive to the virus meaning the virus has been in the state.

According to Prof. Ikpeme, a rapid test was conducted on a patient and the result came out positive.

“A recent rapid test carried out on a patient came out positive. However, the patient had recovered and was discharged from our Isolation Centre last week”, Ikpeme stated.

He further urged the staff of the hospital to protect themselves and operate with the NCDC guidelines.

Management therefore urges staff and patients to protect themselves as maximally as possible. This is however without prejudice to the fact that health care givers must make themselves available at all times to provide adequate treatment to patients without fear.

“Management on the other hand will do everything possible to ensure that staff and patients are adequately protected in line with National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines”, the CMD said.

Ikpeme added that the UCTH Management has been in direct contact with the Director General, NCDC and NCDC has approved the Hospital as an independent test centre.

He said, “The implication of this is that, henceforth, we do not need to pass samples through the Epidemiology Unit of the State as was the case before.

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