Plateau probes leaked reports of COVID-19 index case

The Plateau state government said it is investigating the leaked confidential laboratory result of some suspected COVID-19 cases carried out at the National Veterinary Research Institute Testing Centre (NVRITC) in Vom, which has been circulating on the social media.

A press release issued, Sunday by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, described the act as “unprofessional.”

The state had recorded the index case last Wednesday, with the laboratory report, dated 23rd April, 2020, giving detailed results of two ladies by Dr. Tony Joannis, went viral on the social media.

However, the commissioner said “the state government is disappointed with this unprofessional act which has not only breached ethical medical standards but also exposed the suspected cases to negative consequences, including stigmatisation and discrimination.”

He said the act has the tendency of  jeopardising government’s efforts at fighting the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.

“In order not to allow that to happen, the government has since commenced comprehensive investigations into the matter with a view to unraveling those responsible and applying the necessary punishment,” he said.

Manjang said the investigation will cover the entire process of the test from sample collection, investigation to result dissemination.

He assured members of the public not to be deterred by the isolated incident as all measures had been taken to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Manjang advised members of the public to continue to abide by all the regulations of social distancing, hygiene and sanitation and also report any suspected case.

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