Ekiti Govt. confirms one case of Coronavirus in the state

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*As Lagos shuts down schools

Ekiti State Government on Wednesday formally confirmed that one positive case of the Coronavirus had been recorded in the state.

 This is as the Lagos State Government announced that as part of preventive measures against the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, it would close down all public and private schools in the state from Monday, March 23, 2020.
The Ekiti state government, in an official statement through the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Mojisola Yahaya-Kolade, urged residents not to be apprehensive about the development, saying everything humanly possible was being done to stop the spread of the virus in the state.

The statement reads; ” This morning, the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, announced a positive case of Coronavirus in a patient in Ekiti State.

“The Ekiti State Taskforce on Covid-19, headed by His Excellency Dr. Kayode Fayemi, can confirm that we have recorded an incidence of a Nigerian male, 38 years old, Ekiti origin, who has tested positive to Covid-19.

“The confirmed case is suspected to have been infected while driving an American Caucasian, male, 27 years old, who was visiting Nigeria from Richmond, Virginia, USA, in the company of his caregiver, a Nigerian female, Age 31, of Ekiti origin.

“The American male and his Nigerian female caregiver, arrived Nigeria on 3rd March 2020 through the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the pair were driven by our confirmed case to Ibadan, where they stayed for two weeks, and arrived Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State on 13th March, 2020.

“A day after their arrival, the American male fell ill and he was taken to a private hospital where he was referred to a tertiary hospital. Unfortunately, he died from complications of his illness.

“The hospital authorities alerted the State Taskforce and samples were taken from the American male as well as his two companions.

“The test for the male driver came back positive; the test for the female caregiver came back negative while the test for the American male was inconclusive.

“In line with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) protocols, the Ekiti State Taskforce on Covid-19 has already quarantined the confirmed case on admission in the State Isolation Centre, while the caregiver who tested negative, is presently under observation in self isolation”.

The government said it had commenced the process of contact tracing, working with the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO), following the duo’s itinerary since they landed in Nigeria on the 3rd of March 2020.

“We have also contacted the Oyo State Government since it was recorded that they stayed in Ibadan for two weeks before arriving Ekiti State.

“The confirmed case is very stable and not showing any symptoms, while NCDC will repeat the test for the caregiver who is also in self isolation.

“The Ekiti State Task Force on COVID-19 is following the NCDC Case Management Protocols with diligence.

“We want to urge Ekiti residents to stay calm and ensure they observe the prevention steps that are being publicised on all credible media.

“It is important to state that this likely index case was on a short visit and had not been in Ekiti State for up to 72 hours before his death”

The statement advised residents to continue to take self preventive measures by washing their hands with soap and water, covering their mouth when coughing or sneezing, observing social distancing and to alert the authorities of any suspected case by calling the 112 Emergency Number or 09062970434, 09062970435, 09062970436.

It added that Government of Ekiti State would continue to update the public on new developments as necessary in our commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of all Ekiti residents.

The Lagos state government’s move, according to a statement by Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Education, became necessary to prevent children and their teachers from getting more vulnerable to the pandemic.
The statement said, “It is important for parents to ensure that their children practise ‘social distancing’ while at home, wash their hands regularly or use hand sanitizers and observe high standards of personal hygiene.
“Children should be encouraged to remain at home. The closure is not intended to create panic but to arrest the spread of the disease, which has become a global threat.
“The Incident Command Centre, headed by the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is the Incident Commander, will continue to trace all contacts of the identified cases and encourage anyone who has information about suspected cases to report to the nearest hospital or call  the emergency telephone numbers 08023169485, 08033565529, 08052817243 and 08023401214.”

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