COVID-19: Patient Who Escaped Isolation Centre Rearrested In Ebonyi

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Shalom Ankrah

The Ebonyi State Government has confirmed the rearrest of the COVID-19 patient who escaped while being treated at the state’s isolation centre in Abakaliki.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Daniel Umezurike, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the state’s Executive Council’s (EXCO) meeting.

He also assured the residents of the state that there was no cause for alarm on the issue.

Umezurike said that the patient whom he described as a ‘young lady’, had been successfully brought back to the isolation centre.

He said: “We will, however, not reveal the strategy we used but we used tracking devices on such issues based on the seriousness of escape from the isolation centre.

“The repercussion may lead to community transmission which we have been careful and trying to avoid in the state,” he said.

The commissioner also said that a similar incident occurred in Afikpo North Local Government Area which involved some returnees quarantined at the quarantine centre in the council.

“We can confirm that just before the results of ‘persons of interests’ came out, some of them were nowhere to be found.

“When the results came out, we employed all the measures; the fastest and most effective and recovered all of them.

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