Patient Fled Isolation Centre And Infects 29 Health Workers.


A Covid-19 patient who escaped from one of the isolation centres in Plateau state has reportedly infected 29 staff of a private hospital in the state.

The news was disclosed at a news conference on Wednesday, June 17 by Dr Nimkong Lar, Plateau State Commissioner for Health.

According to him, After the infected patient escaped from the isolation centre, the patient allegedly went to the private hospital but denied having symptoms of the coronavirus disease.

Furthermore, He said the patient has been evacuated to the isolation facility while the hospital has also been fumigated. 

The state’s task force on Covid-19 has, however, suspended the hospital for two weeks and the entire facility closed for fumigation.

Nimkong said “Update from Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) says Plateau has 168 confirmed cases but results released now confirms we have 198 cases”.

He also said the infected staff of the hospital were confirmed with the disease and had been quarantined.

In another development, the Plateau State Government has condemned the lack of adherence to guidelines for COVID-19 by most individuals and some organisations in the state.

The State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang said the disregard to adherence to social distancing and non provision of water, soap and sanitisers in entrances of public places, was causing greater risks to COVID-19 infection and anyone found to be violating the COVID-19 guidelines will be arrested and prosecuted.

He said monitoring teams had been put in place to enforce compliance, while cautioning residents to take personal responsibility for their health and control community transmission of the disease.

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