- Many residents in Abia have expressed fear over the emerging implosion of coronavirus in the state
- The fear of the people became heightened following the increase of COVID-19 cases recorded by the NCDC
- Abia residents are also concerned that the absence of a testing centre will be a huge setback
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Amid the spread of coronavirus in Abia state, residents of Umuahia, the capital, and their environs have expressed concern over what they described as the emerging implosion of COVID-19 in the state.
According to The Nation, residents explained that if there is any truth in the number of positive coronavirus cases published by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), the health situation of Abia state is seriously in danger.
They went on to express worry over the absence of a testing centre in the state, adding that it may be a setback on the part of the government to ensure tests were carried out quickly.
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The fear of stigmatization and among other factors has made residents even fear that the situation in the state is even made worse, as many people have decided to embrace self-help rather than going to proper health institutions for treatment.
A resident identified as Chukwudi Gilbert raised alarm over the rate at which people are being administered drip in chemist shops in Aba as many are treating themselves at roadside chemists or drug shops.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state allayed apprehension generated by his health state after testing positive to the coronavirus.
The governor, who spoke from isolation through his spokesman Enyinnaya Apollo, called for calm and promised to return back to duty in due course.
Apollo, who said he and the governor had a chat on Wednesday, June 10, noted that his principal is hale and healthy as health operatives in the state are managing his Covid-19 infection very well.
In a related development, House of Representatives member from Abia, Honourable Prestige Ossy called for the declaration of emergency in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.
Honourable Ossy who represents Aba North and Aba South federal constituency at the National Assembly made the demand in a statement he issued on Wednesday, June 10.
He described as very worrisome, the astronomical increase in the coronavirus cases in Abia, as the state recorded 81 new cases in the last 3 days.
According to him, the situation demands declaration of emergency in the fight against the deadly scourge in the state.
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