Anambra state government says that the index case which was reported early last week to be positive have turned negative following the first post treatment result from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC).
This was made known by a Special Broadcast on Covid-19 by the Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano on Saturday April 18, 2020 to Update Ndi Anambra on Contact Tracing and Progress of the Index Case.
“Today, I am delighted to announce that the report reaching me from the Protective Care Center indicates that our Index Case is responding very well to treatment. In fact, the first post treatment result from the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) returned Negative for SARS-CoV 2”.
“Following the standards which have been rigorously applied by NCDC since the outbreak of the pandemic in Nigeria, he will go for a second round of test before he can be conclusively declared negative. We shall continue to remember him in our prayers as he fights his way back from this illness”.
The Govenor also stated that out of the 39 people quarantined at the intensive care unit, 6 have tested negative to coronavirus.
However, the Govenor added that all inter-city/inter-community movements in the State (e.g Awka-Onitsha, Onitsha-Nnewi, Ozubulu-Ihiala etc), motor parks, remain suspended.
Food markets, medical drug markets are only permitted to open on Tuesdays and Fridays, including commercial banks rendering skeletal services especially on market days.
Furthermore, Obiano directed the farmers to commence farming activities with distribution of agricultural inputs at subsidised rate, empowerment of women in poultry business, purchase of 7 tractors as well as acquisition of 3000 arable land for large scale production targeted at employing over 2000 youths.
Meanwhile, Obiano urged Ndi Anambra to adhere to the principles of Social Distancing, maintaining a thorough personal hygiene and obeying government directives and policies on the Covid-19 pandemic as a strategy to kick Covid-19 out of our dear state.