The Delta State Ministry of Health and a COVID-19 patient are trading words over the ad­mission of the latter for treat­ment.

While the Ministry ex­pressed displeasure over the uncooperative stance of Mr. Michael Nwachukwu Mordi, a 53-year-old Chief Nursing Officer at the Central Hospi­tal, Agbor, who tested positive for COVID-19 on May 23, and was admitted to the COVID-19 Treatment Centre, Federal Medical Center, Asaba on May 24, Mr. Mordi maintains he is not suffering from COVID-19.

In a statement issued in Asa­ba, Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mordi Ononye, said since the admission of Mordi, he had been very ag­gressive and continually threat­ened the caregivers, while re­fusing to take his medication.

Dr. Mordi revealed that at 6 pm on June 1, against medical advice, Mr. Mordi consented to his being forcefully removed from the treatment centre by seven men who claimed to be his relatives, even without the necessary protective coverings.

He stated that the men only succeeded in exposing them­selves to danger and posed a serious health risk to the soci­ety, particularly the communi­ties with which they came in contact.

Dr. Mordi alerted members of the public about the health risk of associating with the pa­tient and with those who had exposed themselves to him.

He strongly advised that the said patient be returned to the treatment center for prop­er care, while those already exposed to him should imme­diately go into supervised self– isolation for 14 days.

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