Ebonyi shuts private hospital over first COVID-19 death.

The Ebonyi State Government has shut down and revoked the certificate of occupancy of a private hospital, where a COVID-19 patient died while receiving treatment.

The directives were contained in a statement issued by Governor David Umahi, through his Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze.

According to Nwaze, the governor gave the order after meeting with the response team of the National Centre for Disease Control on Saturday in Abakaliki, adding that he also dismissed reports that the deceased was a staff of the judiciary in the state.

It may be recalled that Ebonyi State recorded its first COVID-19 death on Friday, June 19 and the patient alluded to being a staff of the judiciary in the state.

This made governor Umahi order for the immediate shutdown of all judiciary buildings for fumigation and that all staff and their family members be tested for COVID-19.

Umahi in the new directive ordered for the immediate prosecution of the hospital management to serve as a warning to other hospitals to desist from admitting and treating COVID-19 patients without getting approval from the state government or the NCDC.

He likewise, directed that two new testing and treatment centres be set up in Onicha and Ishielu local government areas, to facilitate prompt testing and treatment of COVID-19 in Ebonyi State.

Umahi explained that the two new centres will ensure that all the three senatorial zones have a test centre each, to aid in the fight against COVID-19.

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