Priscilla Ediare, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Government has said it will partner with the government of Kwara State and rob minds together with it to know the medical history of the patient who died on Wednesday from complications of COVID-19 in Ekiti.
The 75-year-old woman suspectedly died of COVID-19 in one of the tertiary hospitals, after being hospitalised upon referral from an health institution based in Kwara State.
Commissioner for Health, Mojisola Yaya-Kolade said this in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday when the COVID-19 Task Force was giving an update on the pandemic.
Yaya-Kolade disclosed that the 75- year-old woman hailed from Ayedun in Kwara State and had been hospitalised at the general hospital Omu Aran in Kwara, where she was initially treated for congesting cardiac failure before referral.
The Commissioner stated that though there wasn’t any COVID-19 lockdown in Kwara state, but clarified that 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 specimen was collected which result came on May 20 and unfortunately the woman died on the 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 problem, 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 upsurge of victims that would warrant introduction of home isolation method 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 were being given moderate punishment to serve as deterrent.
The state’s COVID-19 Ambassador, Mr Femi Adeoye, raised the issue that most of the traders and villagers were not well informed about face mask.
He advised that efforts must be intensified to sensitise traders who ply their trades at Irona market, that has now become over populated due to closure of Oja Oba and Bisi markets, on the need to embrace social distancing and personal hygiene.
The Special Assistant on public Health, Jimlas Ogunsakin, said over 300 farmsteads have been visited by the task force where they carried out adequate sensitisation on the spread of the scourge.
“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.”