COVID-19: Relatives forcefully remove patient from isolation cente in Delta

The Delta State Ministry of Health has expressed displeasure over the uncooperative stance of Mr Michael Nwachukwu Mordi, a 53-year old Chief Nursing Officer in Central Hospital, Agbor who tested positive to COVID-19 on May 23rd, 2020 and was admitted into the COVID-19 Treatment Centre, Federal Medical Center, Asaba on May 24th 2020.

The Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye made this known in a statement, news reports said.

The Commissioner said that since the admission of Mr. Michael Mordi he has been very aggressive and continually threatened the caregivers and also rejected his medications.

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The statement revealed that at 6pm today, June 1st, 2020, against all medical advice, Mr Michael Nwachukwu Mordi, obviously consenting, was forcefully removed from the treatment centre by 7 men who claimed to be his relatives and they did not wear any protective coverings.

Dr. Ononye stated that the men therefore, constitute a danger to their own health and that of populations and communities with which they come in contact.

Dr. Ononye used the medium to alert the general public about the public health danger of associating with the patient and with those who have exposed themselves to him.

The statement strongly advised that the said patient be returned to the treatment center for proper care and that those who have already been exposed to him should immediately go into supervised self-quarantine for the next 14 days.

Dr. Ononye reiterated that the COVID-19 pandemic is real and enjoined the general public to continue to observe all published preventive protocols such as frequent handwashing with soap and water, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer and use of face masks in public places.

He called on residents to as much as possible avoid crowded places and always maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet.

According to the Commissioner, persons who have fever, cough or difficulty with breathing should visit the nearest government hospital for proper assessment and possible testing.

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