ENUGU –– For the past week, the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 has increased almost on a daily basis.
As of Thursday 2nd July 2020, 66 new laboratory-confirmed cases were recorded bringing the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Enugu State to 327; 192 are still on treatment, 126 discharged.
Three more persons lost their lives to this dreadful virus bringing the total number of fatalities in the state to 9.
A review of the covid19 trend of confirmed cases in the state revealed that on alternate days, new cases are recorded.
These numbers first came in trickles until the 14th of June when 22 cases were recorded; also on this day, the state government announced that 23 health workers have been affected.
From 14th June to date, the total cases rose from 35 to 327 with 72 health workers affected.
The spike became a huge concern to the state government who on the 22nd of June constituted a 12-man Ad Hoc Expert Medical Advisory Committee on urgent and effective measures for de-escalation of the pandemic in the state, as recommended by Enugu State Chapter of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA).
Knowing the exigencies of the matter at hand, the Enugu State Ad hoc Expert Medical Advisory Committee (EMAC) within a week of its constitution came up with these recommendations:
They advised the state government to put in place stricter enforcement measures that will help contain the spread of the virus in the state.
Prof. Emmanuel Ejim, Chairman of the 12-man committee, harped on the urgent need for the enforcement of wearing of face masks compulsorily in public, observing of physical distancing and constant washing of hands.
“A key recommendation therefore, will be for the government to broaden and deepen the enforcement of the use of face masks amongst citizenry and penalize defaulters so as to drive home the importance of these key preventive measures”, Ejim said.
However, despite this and countless publicity on preventive measures, many persons are seen around the state with no face mask with just a few observing this measure; majorities wear their mask on the jaw.
Recall that the first confirmed case in Enugu was recorded on week 13 of the outbreak, 28th March 2020.
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