Abia state has traced 209 contacts of the two index coronavirus cases and placed them under surveillance in an isolation facility.
Chief John Okiyi-Kalu, the Abia Commissioner for Information, disclosed in a statement made available to the News Agency on Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia.
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Okiyi-Kalu said the Abia Rapid Response Team, the Medical Protocol Sub-committee of Abia Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19, and the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Umuahia, were tracing other contacts of the index cases.
He added that the contact tracing would continue and would be focused on Ikwuano, Ukwa West and Umuahia North Local Government Areas of the state.
“All the medical personnel involved in the management of the patients and their family members are currently in isolation with samples already collected from some of them for testing.
“We are awaiting results for the suspected cases. A team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) is providing support,”
Okiyi-Kalu said that the two index cases were septuagenarians and had underlying medical conditions – diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and left ventricular failure.
According to him, the index cases are stable and receiving care at the isolation centre in FMC, Umuahia. He said that one of the patients, previously on oxygen support, was breathing well now without any respiratory aid.