After nearly six months of clean bill, Cross River State now has five covid-19 positives in one swoop which has sent shockwaves across the communities.
The disclosure of the new came few hours after the State Governor, Porf. Ben Ayade, his Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu and members of his cabinet were seen in pictures, shared by the governor’s media aides,celebrating the state’s zero status of the state.
The bad news however came from the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) which said five of the samples collected by the hospital, and tested for Covid19 returned positive.
This was contained in an internal memo dated 3rd July 2020, and signed by Prof. Ikpeme A. Ikpeme, Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Hospital.
Titled, “UCTH STAFF HEALTH ADVISORY: RE: COVID-19 PANDEMIC,” the memo said- “The management of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital wishes to inform her staff and patients that COVID-19 test performed on 5 samples from our hospital returned positive. Two of these samples came from our medical staff. These staff have since made tremendous progress along the path of recovery and are doing well.
“The tests were performed using the PCR technique at the NCDC accredited laboratory at Alex Ekweme University Teaching Hospital, Abakiliki.”
The University said that the Cross River State Government and other agencies of government have been duly informed and reassured staff and patients that the hospital has everything under control and the virus is not a death sentence.