Abia State COVID-19 patient declared WANTED

The Government of Abia State has declared a COVID-19 patient to be wanted after he escaped from a treatment centre in the state.

Chief John Okiyi-Kalu who is the Abia state commissioner of information made this known in a statement released on Thursday, saying the patient whose name is Emmanuel Ononiwu had declined to be isolated and treated.

The commissioner said, “Ononiwu, a resident of Aba, escaped from a temporary holding facility in the city prior to his movement to an isolation centre after he was informed of his COVID-19 status, If seen anywhere, please report to the nearest security agency or call 0700 2242 362, but do not approach him without full protection to avoid infection.”

The Abia State commissioner also advised any individual who has had contact with him in the past 14 days to call the state, while also imploring the residents of the state to comply with directives.

He said, “Enforcement teams all over the state are also advised to be on the lookout and take him in as soon as he is found. All those who had contact with him in the past 14 days are strongly advised to call 0700 2242 362 and submit themselves for testing.”

“We strongly advise all citizens and residents to be vigilant and take the necessary measures to protect themselves. Do not leave your house without wearing your face mask appropriately and ensure you maintain social distance at all times.”

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