In her bid to fight COVID-19 community transmission, the Ebonyi State Government has directed all its Health workers to undergo compulsory test for COVID-19.
The directive was given by the Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe, on Tuesday, at a meeting with frontline health workers at the old Government House, Abakaliki.
He stressed the need for health workers to be safe and in good health condition while carrying out their duties in ensuring quality healthcare delivery to the people of the state.
“Some Health workers in recent time have tested positive to COVID-19, therefore we must be sure that our Health workers are safe before giving them the privilege of going to render care to those who are infected” he said.
He also urged the Local Government chairmen to lead the campaign in their various local government areas and ensure deployment of all Health workers to take part in the house to house exercise.
The Deputy Governor gave an assurance that the state task force will not relent in combating the COVID-19 even when the governor is temporarily in isolation.
The state Commissioner for Health Dr Daniel Umezurike explained that the planned house to house active case search was as a result of community transmission.
He said one General Hospital has been upgraded in each of the three Senatorial zones of the state to serve as receiving and screening centres where samples will be collected and tested. ” if a person tests positive he or she will be taken to treatment, while those who are negative but have other pathologies will be treated in the General Hospital where they were received.