COVID-19 cases hit 31, Lagos, Kwara declare workers’ holiday

By AdvocateNews on 23/03/2020

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The coronavirus cases in the country increased from 22 on Saturday to 31 on Sunday.

The  Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, in its twitter handle on Sunday, said the cases included 22 in Lagos State, four in the Federal Capital Territory, one in Oyo State and one in Ekiti State.

The centre said the two in Ogun State, including the Italian index case, had tested negative and had been discharged.

At 11:32pm on Sunday, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, tweeted that one of his sons had tested positive for the disease.

The NCDC stated, “Three new cases of #COVID19 have been confirmed in Lagos, Nigeria. Two cases are returning travellers and one is a contact of a confirmed case.  As of 05:28 pm on the 22nd of March, there are 30 confirmed cases of #COVID19 in Nigeria. Two have been discharged with no deaths.”

Nigeria recorded its first coronavirus case on February 27 when an Italian was diagnosed with the disease.

On March 19, the cases rose to 12 with most of the affected people being returnees from Europe and the United States.  On Saturday, the cases increased to 22 with Abuja recording its first cases.

As of 11am on Sunday, the NCDC said the cases were 27 in the country. It stated that the cases included 19 in Lagos; four in the  FCT;  one in  Ekiti;  one in  Oyo and two in Ogun.

But on Sunday evening, the number increased to 31 with three new cases in Lagos State and Atiku’s son who tested positive.

Atiku’s son tests positive

On  Sunday night former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar said one of his sons had tested positive for Covid19.

Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last election, said this in a tweet on Sunday night.

The former Vice-President said his son had been moved to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.

He tweeted, “My son has tested positive to coronavirus. @NCDCGov has been duly informed, and he has been moved to Gwagwalada Specialist Teaching Hospital in Abuja for treatment and management.

“I will appreciate it if you have him in your prayers. Stay safe, coronavirus is real.”

The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, had last week tweeted that her daughter, who recently returned from the United Kingdom, was in self-isolation

Stay at home, Lagos tells civil servants

The  Lagos State  Government,  as part of efforts to curb the spread of the disease, on Sunday directed civil servants from grade level one to 12 to work from home starting from today (Monday).

The state  Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at a press conference,  said the stay-at-home order would last for an initial period of 14 days.

He commended  Lagosians, who abided by the state government’s directive that banned a gathering of over 50 people,  but warned those who flouted the order.

He stated,  “In addition to this directive, I am now also directing all public officers in the entire unified public service from grade level 1 to 12, which constitute about 70 per cent of our workforce,  to stay at  home from Monday, March 23 for 14 days at the first instance.”

Sanwo-Olu said the directive did not affect medical personnel, members of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, the  Lagos State Waste Management Authority and other essential services.

We will shut down clubs, religious groups  violating  our directive –Lagos gov

Warning residents against violating directive on mass gatherings, the governor said, “If it is a facility –  be it an event centre, be it a cinema, a restaurant, a club house or a religious gathering – that does not obverse it, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency has the power to shut down such a facility.”

Lagos dedicates Mainland Hospital to COVID-19 patients alone

The governor also said other health facilities would be upgraded to support the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba. “We have evacuated other patients out of that hospital (Lagos Mainland Hospital, Yaba) and so the hospital will be locked down only for the COVID-19 cases alone,” he stated.

Lagos to recall retired doctors, nurses

He also indicated that the state would recall retired medical workers to strengthen the number of personnel needed for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The governor stated, “As part of our strategies to strengthen our efforts, more health workers are also being trained and we have put some of our retired nurses and doctors on notice.  They will come to support health personnel who are working tirelessly at this time.”

Briton, American among Lagos new cases

While confirming the new cases recorded in Lagos on Sunday, the Lagos State Ministry of Health on its Twitter handle @LSMOH, tweeted that, “One of the three new patients is a 51-year-old Briton, who arrived Nigeria March 8 via BA75 flight, while the second is a Nigerian on connecting flight KL0582 London Amsterdam/KL0587 Amsterdam — Lagos March 14. The third is a 65-year-old citizen of the United States of America who arrived in Lagos about six weeks ago.”

The state Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni,  urged public and private schools in the state to adhere strictly to the directives of the state government on the closure of schools.

Seriki-Ayeni, in a statement on Sunday, said evaluators ha been strictly mandated to monitor compliance to the directives of the state government to stop the spread of the COVID-19.

Oyo records first case, UK returnee kept  isolation

As early as 5am on Sunday, the Oyo State Governor,  Seyi Makinde,  confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the state. He said the patient, who was in isolation, was confirmed positive when his test result was released.

Makinde also stated, “A follow-up on the Ekiti COVID-19 case revealed that the deceased was picked up directly from Lagos Airport to a private apartment in Ona Ara Local Government Area.

“The health authorities have contacted the family concerned and the community has been alerted for intensified contact tracing and self-isolation of identified close contacts.”

Last week, a driver, who conveyed an American and his Nigerian companion, from Murtala Mohammed Airport, was diagnosed with the disease in Ekiti State.

The American died in Ekiti State, while his companion tested negative. The three of them were said to have stayed in Ibadan for 10 days.

Makinde on Sunday said a  returnee from Texas, USA, had been identified at Oluyole Local Government Area of the state. “She has been kept in self-isolation with close monitoring by the state epidemiological team,”  he said.

Ekiti case in stable condition –Health commissioner

The Ekiti State Commissioner for Health, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, said on Sunday that the person who tested positive to coronavirus in the state was in a stable condition.

Yaya-Kolade said the patient’s condition “is very stable, temperature normal and all vital signs okay.

The commissioner said the contacts with the American, who had been isolated, were in stable condition.

Ogun lauds doctor who suspected COVID-19 in Italian

The Ogun State Government on Sunday appreciated a young female doctor, Dr  Karen Allison, who suspected COVID-19  in the index case.

The state government, in a statement by the Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said, “A heightened index of suspicion, amongst frontline health workers such as Dr. Amarachukwu Allison who suspected COVID-19 in the Italian; private health care providers are of keen note in this because they were the first port of contact for sixty per cent of the populace.” Punch

Posted 23/03/2020 06:51:30 AM


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