COVID-19: Osun records 1 death, discharges index case


Osun state government, Saturday, discharged its COVID-19 index case after he has spent 38 days in isolation centre. 


A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, and made available to news men in Osogbo, Saturday, said the United Kingdom returnee has tested negative twice.  


According to the statement, Osun state has also recorded another COVID-19 fatality, a patient in her late 60s at its isolation centre in Asubiaro, Osogbo.


The state had recently announced the death of two COVID-19 patients. Therefore, three patients have died of the disease in Osun state. 


Isamotu said, “On a sad note, we lost a COVID-19 patient in her late 60s at our isolation centre in Osogbo. We pray God grant her eternal rest and give her family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.


He disclosed that three health workers in the state who tested positive for Coronavirus, have also tested negative for the second time and are now free of the virus. 


Isamotu recalled that the health workers had last Wednesday, tested negative for COVID-19 but had to be subjected to a second round of test, in line with the protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC. 


He revealed that the state government received results of the index case and those of the health workers’ second test on Friday evening from the NCDC accredited Testing Centre, the African Centre of Excellence in Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede.  


“With the development, the total number of active cases in the state is now eight,” Isamotu disclosed.


He urged frontline health workers to always use their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when discharging their duties.
Isamotu reiterated that only accredited isolation and treatment centres in the state are allowed to attend to suspected COVID-19 patients.

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