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COVID-19: 27 Suspected cases test negative as Benue gives update on state surveillance

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COVID-19: 27 Suspected cases test negative as Benue gives update on state surveillance

The Benue State Government on Sunday, said a total of 27 samples collected for COVID-19 test came back negative.

A statement by the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Ongbabo Elaigwu, confirmed that only the state’s index case, Susan Okpe, was positive.

Giving a surveillance response by LGA, Sunday said in Ushongo Ikov, a suspected case came from Lagos and the result was negative.

He said, ”Ushongo town-suspect came from Kaduna (sample – dispatching for National Reference Lab on Monday)

” A suspected case who clinically appears to be having a cough of cardiac failure origin. Sample collected and the person moved to Lessel for Isolation .”

Sunday said in Gboko, a lady who came from Italy, and another who came from Lagos were suspected cases of the virus.

”A suspected case at Yandev – Sample taken today and sent to NRL

” One pending case – sample collected awaiting result of NRL and person in isolation.

”A total of 3 visits, 3 samples collected, two results out negative and one pending.

He said in Gwer West a suspected case was recorded in a retuurness from Abuja adding that in Makurdi it investigated a total of 13 suspected cases and all results came out negative.

”Suspected case in IDP Abagena – Agaan: samples collected and test result is negative, though the person died

”In Konshisha, a suspected case sample was collected, result awaited from National Reference Lab Gaduwa.

In Otukpo, a man and two other members of family from U.K samples collected and test result is negative

”A retired soldier samples collected and the test result is negative.

” Okpokwu- Suspect, who eventually died was discovered to have had diabetes. Arrived Nigeria from Ghana in December, 2019.

”The suspect died while being conveyed to Abuja for medical attention and we were informed he was deposited at Gwagwalada. Following interests in autopsy, NCDC informed us that the case had stayed for more than 6hours and results will not be reliable. More importantly however, the case does not meet with case definition for COVID-19

”Gwer East, a suspected case who is a returnee from Lagos tested negative.

”Tarka, ”two (2) suspected cases in Tarka, samples collected and both came out negative and persons being discharge from isolation.”

Sunday said that the State has followed up on 10 persons and they came from the following countries: Spain, Italy, U.K and Malaysia

He added that ”25 contacts of the index case were supervised in self isolation and were all discharged on 12th April, 2020 with the exception of one who ran away and when the result arrived it was negative.

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