Some residents of Abakaliki, Ebonyi have expressed worry over the rising cases of COVID-19 cases since the disease was first reported in the state in April.
The residents who spoke to Summitnews in separate interviews on Monday in Abakaliki said that the rise had fuelled anxiety among the residents and urged government to reevaluate its fight strategy to curb spread.
According to them, the spate of increase in confirmed cases of infections if not curbed could lead to community infection in the state.
The respondents who decried the rate in rise of confirmed cases and number of deaths recorded also called for collective action between citizens and the government to tackle the spread and stem the disease from spiralling out of control.
They commended the proactive steps taken by Gov Dave Umahi in containing the disease in Ebonyi, appealing to residents to obey all guidelines, protocols and restrictions established to guarantee safety of citizens.
Mr Louis Onwe, a civil servant described the latest confirmed case of the virus and deaths in Ebonyi as alarming, stressing that unless there was joint effort between the people and government that the state might loss the fight.
“Some who doubted the existence of COVID-19 and reality of the virus will have by now come to terms with the truth and reality of the disease.
“We have to obey all approved restrictions, guidelines, regulations and other protocols to check the further spread of the virus in our state.
“With the present economic situation and worsening hunger in the state occasioned by the pandemic, we must strive to avoid behaviour that will compromise our health,” Onwe said.
Mrs Catherine Ofoke lamented that many people especially those living in the rural areas no longer adhere to safety measures including wearing their face masks or even observe simplest COVID-19 regulation.
“It’s necessary for government to review and reevaluate the COVID-19 fight strategy as well as sanctions against violators.
“It is disheartening that while we witness daily rise of infected persons and deaths in the state, some still behave as if the existence of the disease is a ferry tale.
“We are yet to hear from authorities the number of persons so far convicted for violating COVID-19 protocol in the state and until this is done, people will continue to flout the restrictions and other safety protocols,” she said.
Another resident, Mr Pius Chukwu said that the latest update which put confirmed cases in the state at was not only alarming but also disturbing adding that the situation called for synergy among stakeholders to deal with the development.
“We may soon plunge into community infection if the spread continues to soar this way; government needs to do a reappraisal of its fighting technique and enforcement of all established rules, regulations and protocols,” Chukwu said.
The Ebonyi government in its avowed commitment to the fight against the deadly virus established isolation and treatment centres in some parts of the state.
Umahi upgraded Elinwovu General Hospital to COVID-19 treatment and isolation centre with 150 bed space and equipped the hospital with COVID-19 testing and treatment facilities.
Meanwhile, Summitnews reports that 24 health workers have been infected with the virus in Ebonyi since the outbreak of the pandemic in the state with three deaths.
Summitnews also reports that out of 503 confirmed cases in Ebonyi, 357 patients have been treated and discharged in line with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocol, while 3,369 samples have been tested.