The Bayelsa State Government has explained that the Four new index cases recorded in the state were samples collected from the household contacts of the middle-aged index case recorded last week in the state.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Inodu Apoku, disclosed this while briefing journalists on Friday in Yenagoa.
In his breakdown, he said three samples sent to the Irrua Teaching Hospital were that of a health worker who provided direct clinical care to the index case but the result was negative.
“The 6th and 7th samples were suspected cases unconnected to the index case. These returned negative. All four confirmed cases have been evacuated to the NDUTH isolation center for further management. We will continue to monitor them and give you updates as events unfold”.
“All their contacts will be adequately line listed and followed up including necessary environmental decontamination. Samples will be collected from their high-risk contacts while risk communication and community engagement will continue unabated as usual”.
“Yesterday the 30th of April, the NCDC announced 204 new confirmed cases of COVID -19, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the Country to 1932. Four (4) of these new confirmed cases were from 7 samples from Bayelsa”.
The Permanent Secretary restated the State Governor’s position that the State had stayed COVID -19 free for almost two months following the announcement of the index case of COVID -19 on the 27th of February 2020 in the Country.
“The Bayelsa State index case is a middle-aged woman who presented at the Bayelsa Specialist Hospital with a history of poor appetite, fever, cough and chest pain. She denied any travel history and any contact with a COVID-19 patient’.
“She was subsequently admitted and treated for malaria and uncontrolled hypertension with queried COVID -19. Samples were collected and sent to the Irua Reference Laboratory for COVID -19 test. Her test result returned positive for COVID -19. Following this, she was immediately evacuated to the NDUTH Isolation center while the Specialist Hospital was shut down and decontamination commenced”. The index case is clinically stable and responds adequately to treatment.
On the Sixty (60) contacts of the index case in isolation, Dr. Inodu Nathaniel-Apoku said they have so far been line-listed,” They have all been contacted and counseled on a 14 – day self -isolation. They are currently being actively followed up and monitored daily on their health statuses and adherence to the self – isolation protocols. So far there has been no symptomatic Contact and we are quite happy with their level of compliance to self- quarantine protocols”.
“The State Government has also made available a Controlled Quarantine Facility that would accommodate contacts who defaults on the self -isolation protocols. The State Public Emergency Operations Centre (the technical arm of the state response ) and the State COVID -19 Task Force will remain on RESPONSE mode; doing their best to contain and mitigate the impact of this pandemic”.
“In addition to the NDUTH Isolation Centre, the Federal Medical Centre Yenagoa has a 22- bed ready to use Isolation/treatment Centre with adequately trained staff to manage active cases of COVID -19 in the State. Let me seize this opportunity to thank His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State, for his exemplary commitment to fighting the outbreak of this pandemic in the State”.
“There is a need to re-emphasize that public vigilance is important while asking that patients should confide in their physicians the true case history of their ill-health. We have also commenced an active health facility case search for any case of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) in our hospitals to have a sentinel insight into the importation and possible community transmission of COVID -19”.