The Edo State government has declared 87 persons who presented themselves for PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test for Covid-19 and thereafter disappeared before the outcome of their health status were determined.
It said it become impossible to trace the individuals due to the wrong contact details they provided, making them health risk to other lawful Citizens they might have come in contact with.
Dr. Ebomwonyi Osagie, the State team lead on COVID-19 dropped the hint while giving update on the pandemic on Thursday in Benin City where he confirmed three deaths from Covid-19 disease within the past 48 hours in the State.
He said two of the patients who had cold morbidities, were unvaccinated while nine recoveries from the pandemic within the same period.
According to him, “Across our surveillance pillar, people have fallen-off. We have listed 1308 of them. We have not been able to reach 87 of them due to wrong addresses and wrong phone numbers that they gave. 57 of our contacts that we are following up are asymptomatic while a few tested positive.
“We are still following up 412. Commutatively, this is where we stand as far as the pandemic is concern”, he said.
He said, “Edo State as at 21, September, we have had total of 121,960 persons that had one dose of both Mordena and Astrazenicca vaccines. A total of 34,660 persons are fully vaccinated in Edo State”.
Ebomwonyi revealed that a total of 121,960 persons have been partially vaccinated against Covid-19 disease while 34, 660 others had been fully vaccinated in Edo State as at Tuesday September 21, 2021.
He explained that Oredo and Orhiomwon Local Government Areas of the State have the highest and lowest Covid-19 infection rate across the State.
He also revealed that a total of 732 active cases and 70 Covid-19 mortality since the 3rd wave of the pandemic started on July 17, 2021 while 47 persons are on admission.
“We collected a total of 402 samples yesterday (Wednesday) and picked 14 new cases. They came from our laboratories. We discharged four patients essentially from home care in ISTH.
“For today (Thursday), we have collected 74 samples and picked 36 cases across our laboratories. There were 9 discharges. Three of them were from home care…We had one mortality.
Giving further insight on the pandemic, representative of Africa Centre for Disease Control in Edo State, Pius Ononigwe, said the number of people who tested positive, but could not be reached is about 10 out of 87.
“You understand that these are the contacts of people who must have tested positive to Covid-19.
“We have a way to arrest this. The contact that we cannot reach, we know how these contacts of people who came down with the disease.
“We have that number. They are few of them who tested positive to Covid-19 and cannot be traced. I think it is negligible.
“Those who have tested positive now give us contact and we are not able to teach them.
“We also use this opportunity for people to know that it is for everybody’s good.
“It is for the safety of everyone though because we do not want people become agents of Community transmission”, he said.