From Steve Oko, Umuahia
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has announced that one of the two Abia covid -19 index cases would be discharged from the isolation centre today (May 1, 2020) .
The governor said the other index case “is in stable condition “.
Ikpeazu who disclosed this during a press conference Friday in Umuahia said he was delighted that the blood sample of the 72-year old had tested negative twice within 42 hours.
He said the patient who was the oldest covid -19 positive in South East would be leaving the isolation centre having fully recovered from the global pandemic.
Recall that Abia had on April 20 reported that two patients already on addmision at the Federal Medical Centre, FMC Umuahia, tested positive for covid-19 and were later moved to the isolation centre in the hospital.
The governor who commended the medical personnel at the front line of the fight against the scourge, expressed optimism that the second index case would also soon be discharged from the hospital.
Ikpeazu also disclosed that the blood samples of the family members of the index cases as well as their contacts so far tracked all proved negative.
He however urged Abias to continue to observe the necessary protocols against coronavirus so as to stay safe while efforts were being intensified to find a cure for the pandemic.
The governor while responding to a question, attributed the low mortality rate of covid-19 in Africa to high temperature compared to the situation in countries with low temperature.
He urged people to take more of hot drinks instead of cold drinks, expressing faith that the pandemic would soon be over.