Nigeria’s health minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire has explained that the report of Coronavirus breaking in Enugu State has not been confirmed as the woman involved was still under observation.
The minister said: “The Enugu case is not confirmed but still undergoing medical tests.”
The 70-year old woman woman has not tested positive to coronavirus yet, even though the Enugu State Ministry of Health has quarantined her after suspecting that she may have been e infected with coronavirus. She was said to have travelled to the United Kingdom (UK) five months ago to see her children.
She came into the country on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 with fever, cough and mild respiratory distress and was flow from Lagos to Owerri Airport in Imo State where she was moved to Enugu and isolated at the Colliery Hospital, where doctors collected oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swab and sputum samples.
The minister said there was no new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria as at Saturday, March 14, 2020.
“Cumulatively, Nigeria has recorded two confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no death and apart from the index case, 48 people including five new suspected cases have been screened for COVID-19 in Edo, Enugu, Kano, Lagos, Ogun, Rivers, and Yobe states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of which 46 tested negative and have been ruled out, while the result is being awaited for one case,” he said.
Permanent Secretary of Enugu State Ministry of Health, Dr. Ifeanyi Agujiobi said on Sunday in a press statement that suspected case of Corona Virus (COVID-19) has been discovered in a health facility within the state.
In the statement tagged, ‘Suspected Case of COVID-19 (Corona Virus) in Enugu,’ he said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been informed and contacted on the development, adding that “Sample has been collected and sent for investigations. We await the result. The suspect is being monitored.”