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Benue govt to conduct post-mortem test on suspected COVID-19 patient

Benue State government said on Sunday it would conduct a post-mortem examination on the remains of a young man who was suspected to have contracted coronavirus in Ghana but died while seeking treatment in Edumoga, Okpokwu local government area of the state.

The state Commissioner for Information, Mrs. Ngunan Addingi, who confirmed the incident o journalists, said the state Action Committee on Coronavirus heard that there was a suspected case of COVID-19 in the area.

She said: “The man was said to have come back from Ghana and went to his village in Edumoga. We were told he fell sick and went to the General Hospital in Okpoga and later to St. Mary’s Hospital Okpoga where he was admitted but later decided to move to Abuja.

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“Unfortunately he died on the way to Abuja. We are currently in touch with his mother who is a medical personnel, though we cannot certify that he died of coronavirus since he was not tested before he died.

“But the committee has decided that we will do a post -mortem examination on him and if the result comes out positive we will commence contact tracing with the assistance of his family members.”

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