There is palpable anxiety in Ufuma community in Orumba North local area of Anambra State after a popular patient medicine dealer tested positive for Coronavirus disease.
The index case simply identified as Chukwudi had last week lost his wife who was rumoured to have died of the virus.
The DAILY VENDOR reliably gathered that his wife was brought to Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) in bad condition coughing and died before samples were taken.
She was immediately taken home and when a medical team traced the family the corpse had already been embalmed.
However, samples taken from her husband tested positive for Coronavirus, hence the suspicion that the wife may have died of the virus.
The teaching hospital has already notified its staff of the situation.
In a message the Chief Medical Director of the hospital Professor Anthony Igwegbe wrote: “NAUTH recorded her first case of confirmed covid 19 disease yesterday Saturday 23rd May following the release of the result by NCDC.
The patient was quickly moved from our Isolation Ward to the Anambra state Treatment Centre last night for care and treatment.”
“The patient, male, trader resident in Onitsha was admitted into isolation ward following proper triage on presentation on 20th May. Specimen for test was taken the following day and sent to Irrua.”
“All the necessary precautions were taken as all who attended to him used PPEs. We shall be remain vigilant as we celebrate Eid el Fitr. Barke de salla.”
At Ufuma where the index case hailed from messages have been sent through the community’s WhatsApp platform to alert the people of the perilous time they are in.
Part of the message read: “Ndu Ufuma, it’s with a deep sense of gloom and sadness that i announce to you that an index positive covid19 person has been identified in Enugwuabo Ufuma.
“You will hear it sooner than later. God bless Dr Ugboaja who gave us a tip early enough but i must say that before his tip we really could not say the extent of contact with that person since he is a patent medicine dealer at Ezieze.”
“I plead with any Ufuma person and VG operatives with mobile public address system to help in dissemination of information to ndu Uvume who may have come in contact with Chukwudi or his late wife that runs a medicine and business centre stores at Ezieze to please come to the Primary school Enugwuabo for sample collection and test by 12 noon today, Saturday, 23rd May.”
“Testing positive to covid19 is not a death sentence. There is no recorded death in Anambra from covid19 prior to the wife’s death last Saturday which stemmed from morbid ignorance.”
“You are safer and help keep your loved ones safe too with your declaration of contact with the aforesaid persons. It is glaring that the Diji and government’s stand that dead relatives be buried immediately they die is one of the safest measures to be undertaken to avoid the corona virus.”
“Now that the virus is here in Ufuma,i call on all those who left their dead persons in any morgue to hasten and pick up the corpses for immediate burial following government directives. Safe the living and not the dead, ndu Uvume. Good morning and happy survival. God will protect us all.”
The message was spread by one Mrs Ugo Nwankwo nee Nwosu.