- After fleeing Imo state, a patient whose COVID-19 test came out positive has been caught in Ondo state
- The patient had been diagnosed with coronavirus in Imo state, rather than go for treatment, she found her way to Ondo
- Ondo governor, Rotimi Akeredolu said this was achieved via a joint effort of the DSS and the state surveillance team
- The governor said the lady was tracked and isolated before she triggered a major superspreader event
A COVID-19 patient who ran away from Imo state after testing positive has been nabbed at "Oja Oba” market in Akure, capital of Ondo state.
The patient tested positive for coronavirus in Imo state and instead of submitting herself for treatment, she escaped to the southwest state, the commissioner for health, Wahab Adegbenro, disclosed.
A manhunt was launched for her by the Imo and Ondo governments. This eventually paid off as she was picked up and taken to an isolation centre, The Cable reports.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu disclosed that he is proud of the achievement. He said: "We are particularly proud of this feat of collaboration to help prevent the spread of #Covid19. It was a joint effort of the DSS and the state surveillance team to track the lady and isolate her before she triggered a major superspreader event."
According to the state commissioner, the patient was caught selling second-hand clothes popularly known as ‘okrika’ inside the market.
Adegbenro appealed to residents to make the work of government and health workers easier by cooperating.
The lady who probably did not expect to be caught was picked up a day after Imo state task force on prevention and control of COVID-19 revealed that 25 persons who tested positive for COVID-19 in the state had escaped.
Vitus Ekeocha, a member of the task force, told reporters that 96 travellers who disregarded the ban on interstate travel were intercepted. They were travelling from the southeast state to Delta, Rivers, Abia, Anambra, Lagos and other southwest states.
They were said to have escaped after their samples were tested for coronavirus and results came back positive.
Ekeocha said their identities and contacts had been sent to the state governments and relevant agencies of the areas they were travelling to track them.
This is not the first case of a coronavirus patient escaping. There have been several reports of people escaping from isolation centres, many of whom were eventually caught.
Legit.ng had reported that the Osun state government asked the public to disregard the news about six people escaping from an isolation centre in Ejigbo. The government described the report as untrue.
Funke Egbemode, the commissioner for information, said a headcount was conducted on and it showed that only one person could not be accounted for.
Meanwhile, the United States Mission to the African Union recognized the effort of a Nigerian man, Oluwayomi Zeblon, for helping his peers during coronavirus pandemic.
A student at Lagos State University, the young man was able to organize a teaching session for his mates online in order to empower them to bring about change in their communities.
In a Facebook post, he was described as an inspiring leader who is passionate about making others achieve development by helping them overcome their weaknesses.