COVID -19: Two UCTH Medical Staff, 3 Others Test Positive

Management of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) has said that two of its medical staff and three other persons have tested positive for COVD-19.

The UCTH said this was revealed via a recent test by the hospital. Ikpeme Ikpeme Medical Director of the UCTH in a memorandum signed July 3 revealed that the tests were carried out by the hospital through the use of the Polymerase Chain (PCR) Technique, the test facilities accredited by the Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC) at a laboratory located at Alex Ekweme University Teaching Hospital, Abakiliki, Ebonyi State capital.

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State has said the state is COVID-19 free

He also said the Cross River State Government and other agencies of the state government have been notified about the development, adding that the members od medical staff are gradually recovering from the viral disease.

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He, therefore, urged other staff not to panic, adding that the public should cooperate with health agencies because the number of COVID-19 cases could increase due to the recent easing of lockdown in the state and other parts of the country.

The management of UCTH and other medical bodies had raised an alarm over claims made by the state government that Cross Rivers State was COVID-19 free.

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The Medical Director said the hospital would work directly with the NCDC rather than the state government. The Federal Government agency had lamented the shoddy treatment it received from the Cross River government and their Kogi counterparts.

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