COVID-19: Plateau investigates leak in index case results



The Plateau government is investigating the circumstances surrounding the leak  confidential laboratory result some suspected COVID-19 cases carried out at the Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) Testing Centre in Vom.

The commissioner for Information  and Communication, Mr Dan Manjang, stated this in a press release issued on Sunday in Jos.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Thursday, 23rd April, the result a suspected person with COVID-19, which tested positive, was circulating in different platforms the social media.

This went on before the official announcement the Centre for Disease Control and the Plateau govt.

The patient, who is the first state index case, came into Jos from Kano on April 17.

The commissioner said government  was disappointed over such unprofessional act, which had breached ethical medical standards and exposed the suspected case to negative consequences, including stigmatization and discrimination.

He said the State Government totally condemned the act, which “regrettably has the tendency jeopardising its efforts in the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the world.

Manjang said state was conducting investigations to unravel those responsible unethical act with a view of punishing them to forestall future occurrence.

He said the investigation would cover the entire process of the test, from sample collection, investigation and result dissemination.

The commissioner assured members of the public not to be deterred the incident as all measures had been taken to ensure that such  incident did not occur again.

Meanwhile, the acting Director of NVRI, Dr Rueben Ocholi, has reacted to the development in a statement issued on NVRI official website http://www.nvri.gov.ng on Saturday, April 25.

Ocholi stated Institute was highly professional and had consistently provided high quality diagnostic and research data for many years without a case of of  ethics.

He explained that NVRI adhered to the established system of communication of COVID-19 diagnostic results developed the NCDC.

Ocholi, however, called on all involved in managing COVID-19 case information for Plateau State to quickly investigate the . (NAN)