The Abia State Government has declared its index COVID-19 case, Vincent Prosper, wanted in an attempt to track the disease.
The state Commissioner for Information, Chief Okeiyi Kalu, made the declaration in a statement in Aba.
Kalu alleged that Prosper, suspected to have contracted the disease from a neighbouring state; sneaked into Abia, and had since gone underground.
He said the state Ministry of Health; and the state inter-ministerial committee on COVID-19 declared him wanted.
Kalu, who is also the Secretary to the committee, said that the last time people saw Prosper was around 153, Azikiwe Road, in Aba, the commercial hub of the state.
He requested anyone with useful information on Prosper’s whereabouts to call 0700 2242 362 or contact the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Joe Osuji.
The commissioner also enjoined anyone who had had contact with Prosper to immediately contact the Abia COVID-19 Care Centre.
In a similar event, 1st News recently reported that the Anambra State Government has ordered the closure of private and public motor parks in the state; following the announcement of the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the state.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced yesterday an insex case in Anambra.
1st News had learnt that the whereabouts of the index case was unknown as of the time of filing this report.
It also gathered that the index case, who came into the state from Lagos; was in Adazi Nnukwu in the Anaocha Local Government of the state.
“After the result was made known; the patient disappeared”, a source told newsmen.
But the state government said it had started tracing those who had contact with the index case.
The Commissioner for Transport in the State, Christian Madubuko, said residents who disobey the motor parks closure order; would “incur the wrath of the government”.
The statement read in part, “The Ministry of Transport wishes to inform all owners; and managers of public and private parks in Anambra State; about the closure of all parks.
“This is to ensure the containment and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.
“Please, all concerned must adhere to this directive with immediate effect. Anyone who goes contrary to this directive will incur the wrath of the government.”