COVID-19: EKITI GOVT BEGINS CONTACT TRACING

By Roundoffnews

As part of measures to check the spread of the Covid-19 in Ekiti state, the confirmed case has been quarantined in the State Isolation Centre in Ado Ekiti.

In addition, the process of contact tracing has commenced with the support of the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) following the itinerary of the index case since the 3rd of March 2020 when he landed in Nigeria.

The first case of corona virus was confirmed in Ekiti state on Wednesday

In a statement in Ado Ekiti, the state commissioner for health, Dr Mojisola Yahaya-Kolade said the confirmed case was 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 Muritala Mohammed 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.

“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.

Dr Kolade 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.

She affirmed that the government of Ekiti State would continue to update the public on new developments as necessary towards ensuring the safety and protection of all Ekiti residents.