COVID-19: Umahi seals hospital over death of patient, revokes Certificate of Occupancy

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has ordered the immediate sealing off of the private hospital that treated the coronavirus patient who died of the virus last weekend.

Umahi gave the directive during an Interactive Chat With the NCDC Response Team at the New Government House Abakaliki.

He has also directed the immediate revoke of the hospital Certificate of Occupancy and prosecution in accordance with Ebonyi State Coronavirus and other dangerous infectious disease and related matters law 2020.

According to him, the decision will serve as a deterrent to other hospitals that may attempt managing COVID-19 patient without following NCDC protocols.

The governor, however, debunked the rumours emanating from some quarters, that the COVID-19 death recorded in Ebonyi is from the judiciary. He then directed that the COVID-19 reports in Ebonyi State should henceforth be made on a daily basis and should not be aggregated again. “Separate reports, if it is ten in a day, report the breakdown before aggregating them.”

Meanwhile, Governor Umahi added that the state has set up plans to build two new testing centres at Onicha and Ishielu Council Areas. According to him, it would make all the 3 Senatorial zones in the state have a centre each, thereby, making testing of suspected cases easier and faster across the state.

 

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