The Plateau government is investigating the circumstances surrounding the leak of confidential laboratory result of some suspected COVID-19 cases carried out at the National 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 of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on Thursday, 23rd April, the result of a suspected person with COVID-19, which tested positive, was circulating in different platforms of the social media.
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 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 by 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.
He explained that NVRI adhered to the established system of communication of COVID-19 diagnostic results developed by the NCDC.