Breaking: Covid-19 case confirmed at UniCal Teaching Hoapital

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The management of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital has said a patient tested positive for COVID-19 in its facility.

Ben Ayade, the governor of Cross River State has maintained that there was no covid-19 case in the state despite the death of Godwin Akwaji, the lawmaker representing Obudu constituency at the Cross River house of assembly at UCTH of COVID-19-related illness.

Ikpme Ikpeme, chief medical director of UCTH in a circular, cautioned the staff to avoid exposing themselves to the disease.

He said a patient had tested positive during random tests carried out within the hospital.

But the CMD added that the patient had been discharged after recovering from the disease.

The professor explained that UCTH Management has been in direct contact with the Director-General, NCDC and NCDC has approved the Hospital as an independent test centre.

“With recent developments, it does appear that the state may not be free of Covid-19 as generally believed. A recent rapid test carried on a patient came out positive” Prof. Ikpeme said in a circular addressed to the hospital management, staff and patients,” read the circular dated June 25, 2020.

“However, the patient had recovered and discharged from our isolation centre last week.”

“The implication of this is that, henceforth, we do not need to pass samples through the Epidemiology Unit of the State as was the case before.”

“The UCTH management had been in direct contact with the director-general of NCDC and NCDC had approved the hospital as an independent test centre.

“The implication of this is that, henceforth, we do not need to pass samples through the Epidemiology Unit of the State as was the case before.”