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Wike unveils committee on coronavirus as UPTH denies case


Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has set up a committee to create awareness for the prevention of coronavirus in the state.
Commissioner of Information and Communication, Paulinus Nsirim, stated this at the end of the State Executive Council meeting presided over by Wike yesterday.

“The State Executive Council reviewed the global pandemic and set up a five-member committee to carry out an aggressive awareness campaign on the prevention of coronavirus.

Members of the committee are the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Paulinus Nsirim (Chairman), Commissioner for Health, Professor Chike Princewill (member), Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Igbiks Tamuno (member), Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Olisa Tasie-Amadi (member) and Commissioner for Youth Affairs, Ohia Prince (member).

“This committee will ensure that citizens of the state in the 23 council areas get adequate information that will stop them from contracting the virus. He implored members of the public to practice regular elementary hygiene and use hand sanitisers to prevent contracting the virus.

Besides, the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) has denied admitting a suspected case of COVID-19.UPTH Spokesperson, Elabha Meni, stated this while reacting to speculations that a patient who recently returned from Houston, United States had visited UPTH on suspicion that he may have contracted coronavirus.

“We have not had any case of COVID 19,” she said but confirmed that UPTH had handled seven Lassa fever cases recently, insisting that there has not been any COVID-19 case at the teaching hospital.


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