Abia govt declares COVID19 patient wanted after he absconded from isolation center

The Abia State Government has declared one Mr. Emmanuel Ononiwu who tested positive to COVID-19, wanted for refusing to submit himself for appropriate medical management and isolation.

The Commissioner for Information, in the State, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, disclosed this in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Thursday.

Kalu said the patient escaped from a temporary holding facility in Aba before he could be moved to an isolation center after being informed of his COVID-19 status.

According to him, all subsequent appeals made to him through phone calls fell on deaf ears as he insisted that he will not turn himself in and has gone ahead to switch off his phone along with that of his spouse who is also required to come in immediately for testing.

The commissioner also stated that Ononiwu’s last tracked location was around Asa Triangle in Aba South LGA.

“If seen anywhere, please report to the nearest security agency, but do not approach him without full protection to avoid infection.

“Enforcement teams all over the state are also advised to be on the lookout and take him in as soon as he is found.

”All those who had contact with him in the past 14 days are strongly advised to call 0700 2242 362 and submit themselves for testing.

”We strongly advise all citizens and residents to be vigilant and take the necessary measures to protect themselves.

“Do not leave your house without wearing your face mask appropriately and ensure you maintain social distance at all times,” he added.

He also urged the residents of the state to take proper COVID-19 responsibility as individuals to win the battle against the virus in the state and the country.

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