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Unconscious third COVID-19 patient in Ekiti stabilised, 70 isolated – Health Commissioner



COVID-19: Ekiti government extends lockdown by two weeks

The Ekiti State Government has revealed that the 29- year old woman, who tested positive for COVID 19, on Friday, is gradually recovering and responding to treatment.

Governor Kayode Fayemi, while breaking the news, on Saturday, said the woman, who is a health officer in Lagos, sneaked into Ekiti, where she went into a coma after a cesarean session at a private clinic.

Speaking in Ado Ekiti, on Monday, the Health Commissioner, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, said the patient is gradually coming out of the coma.

“The news of the third case was broken by Mr. Governor, on Saturday. She went into Coma before being referred to a teaching hospital. I want to tell you that she is improving.

“As of now, she is stabilizing and responding to treatment”.

Yaya-Kolade said about 73 people that had contacts with the patient had been identified through aggressive contact tracing that was done by the government.

“Out of the 73, we have traced 70 of them and they are currently being monitored. We have advised them to be in self-isolation for 14 days while the secondary contacts are being traced with the aid of our district surveillance officers.

“Some of the suspects who didn’t have homes to perform the self-isolation were being provided with accommodations by the government”.

The Commissioner added that 42 blood samples had been taken to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and that 39 had been done with no confirmed result as of now.

Similarly, the Special Adviser on Security, Brig-Gen. Ebenezer Ogundana said in view of the identified gaps, the government had beefed up security at borders and virtually all porous portions had been closed down to check the influx of people.

Ogundana added that the traditional rulers and youths of the border towns are being involved to check authorised and unauthorised movements into the state from neighboring states.

On the moves by Governor Fayemi to cushion the effect of lockdown on the populace, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Office of the Transformation and Strategy, Prof. Bolaji. Aluko, said over 30,000 household packs of food items have been distributed to the residents as palliatives.

Aluko added that the program would be done in phases to benefit all citizens of the state, especially at a time when businesses were adversely affected as a result of the lockdown.

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