A Nigerian man who returned to the country from London has allegedly assaulted some health workers who insisted he must observe self-isolation as a precautionary measure against novel coronavirus.
The man has not yet been tested to confirm if he was positive or not for the virus as at the time of filing this report.
The incident took place in Delta State, Nigeria, last Saturday.
The assaulted workers were said to be surveillance officers of the Emergency Operation Committee on COVID19, Delta State.
Delta State Epidemiologist, Richard Ikwuogu, who broke the news of the incident in a short message that went viral via several WhatsApp groups, identified the man who allegedly assaulted the health workers as Emeka Ijeh.
The Commissioner of Health in Delta State, Mordi Ononye, confirmed the development in a statement.
The commissioner said the man was taken in by the police but was later released “because that is not in line with best practices, as it will pose a health risk and further spread the disease if he is positive”.
Delta State epidemiologist, Mr Ikwuogu, who said he was among those attacked, narrated what happened.
He said the epidemiology unit received a report that Mr Ijeh returned from London on March 23 and has since refused to isolate as directed by Nigerian health authorities.
Mr Ijeh allegedly used abusive words on the health officers who called him on telephone to explain to him why it was important for him to follow their directives. Not satisfied, the health officials were said to have decided to visit him at Okpanam, a community in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.
“We went with the intent of discussing why he should self-isolate but because of the phone call experience, we went to the Ogoani of Okpanam who asked the chairman of vigilante group in Okpanam to lead us to the place,” the state epidemiologist, Mr Ikwuogu said.
“On getting to his house opposite the Omu of Okpanam, he was informed that some persons were looking for him. He came down and while we tried to exchange pleasantries, he started abusing us that we were infringing on his privacy.”
Mr Ikwuogu said Mr Ijeh ordered them out of his residence. “We left quietly but I never knew he was following us,” the medical doctor said.
Mr Ikwuogu said he and other health officials were immediately assaulted on the road by Mr Ijeh.
The health commissioner, Mr Ononye said Mr Ijeh complained that he has been “treated as a leper” since his return from London. But that is not an acceptable excuse for his “aggression” on the health workers, the commissioner said.
Mr Ijeh was said to have later apologised to the health officials, after he was persuaded to do so by the commissioner.
The commissioner advised residents not to be hostile to health workers since they are at the frontline in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.
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NOSDRA Yet To Discover Cause Of Dead Fishes On N’Delta Coastline
The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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