There is palpable fear and uneasiness among residents of Imo State following the unknown whereabouts of a suspected coronavirus positive man in neighbouring Anambra State.
According to information available to Edge Express Newspaper, this index case of Anambra state was announced on Friday, April 10th by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC)and after the result was made known, according to a source, “the patient disappeared.
The escapee index case was said to have arrived the state from Lagos and was in Adazi Nnukwu in Anaocha LGA.
In reaction to this development, the Anambra State government has ordered the immediate closure of all private and public motor parks in the state while efforts to trace those who had contact with the index case has commenced.
According to the Anambra State Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Christian Madubuko the closure order on all motor parks was to ensure the containment and forestall the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state, warning that anyone who disobeyed the motor parks closure order would “incur the wrath of the government”.
However, in Imo State which is a sister state, people have become apprehensive on what the outcome might be for residents as the two states are too close with many borders.
Chief Nnanna Emeh, a trader in Owerri, disclosed that since he heard of the new development in Anambra as regards the alleged escape of a coronavirus patient, he had been very uncomfortable as the people of the two states are interacting on a daily basis.
Another Imo resident who said he was a staff in one of the institutions in the state, Mr. Okey Nnadi expressed his misgivings about the new development in Anambra state, describing it as “sad, bad for all south east state.” “whatever happens, testing positive to COVID-19 does not mean imminent death, especially now that the chances of recovery are very high as many have already recovered in Lagos and other states of Nigeria. A positive patient should submit himself to treatment immediately rather than endangering the lives of his loved ones and others,” opined madam Ngozi Okoro who is a practicing nurse in the state.