EKITI, Nigeria – The State government yesterday said it will reach out to the government of Kwara State to exchange ideas on the medical history of the patient who died of the underlying complication of COVID-19 in Ekiti, on Wednesday.
The 75-year-old woman reportedly died of COVID-19 in one of the tertiary health centres, after being hospitalised upon referral from a health institution based in Kwara State.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade said this in Ado Ekiti on Thursday when the COVID-19 task force gave an update on the pandemic in the state.
Yaya-Kolade disclosed that the 75- year old woman hailed from Ayedun in Kwara and had been hospitalised at the general hospital Omu Aran in Kwara, where she was initially treated for congestive cardiac failure before the referral.
The Commissioner stated that though there wasn’t any COVID-19 lockdown in Kwara State, the issue of contact tracing is very crucial under the present circumstance.
“After they suspected COVID-19 in the deceased, she was referred to Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti on May 14. She was treated for two days in isolation before the state was informed and a specimen was collected which result came on May 20 and unfortunately the woman died on May 19.
“We have been able to establish that the deceased came from Ayedun in Kwara and she was not infected here in Ekiti”.
She said another elderly patient whose case was critical and was hospitalised at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital has been treated in collaboration with the hospital and had recovered.
“As of now, Ekiti has no issues, the only problem we have is the people coming or sneaking into Ekiti and only two fatalities have been recorded”.
The Commissioner said the state has not recorded an upsurge of patients that would warrant the introduction of home isolation methods adopted by the Lagos State government.
The Director-General, Office of Transformation, Strategy and Delivery, Prof Bolaji Aluko, added that the security situation in Ekiti remains stable with no cases of incursion from neighbouring states.
Aluko added that those who had been arrested for defying the lockdown order were given moderate punishment to serve as a deterrent.
The state’s COVID-19 Ambassador, Mr. Femi Adeoye, advised that efforts must be intensified to sensitise traders who ply their trades at Irona market on the need to embrace social distancing and personal hygiene, seeing that the market has now become overpopulated due to the closure of Oja Oba and Bisi market.
The Special Assistant on Public Health, Dr. Jimlas Ogunsakin, said over 300 farmsteads have been visited by the task force and adequate sensitisation on the spread of the scourge conducted.
“Our major problem is that many of these villagers are yet to believe that Coronavirus exists. We should all collectively move round for this news to sink into the people’s minds”