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Ekiti’s only COVID-19 patient recovers, discharged after 13 days treatment

Kayode Fayemi

The only patient to test positive to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ekiti State has recovered and has been discharge from hospital.

The patient, who was the driver of the vehicle that brought a young American from Ibadan to Ado-Ekiti, was allowed to return home to his people after he was certified free of the virus.

It was not clear if the American, who had died since, died as a result of coronavirus. However, when the driver was tested of the virus, his result came out positive while that of the caregiver to the American tested negative.

The driver, who was taken into isolation centre for treatment on March 18, got well and was discharged on Tuesday, March 31.

According to Ekiti State Commissioner for Health, Mrs. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, the driver was discharged after testing negative twice.

She added that other “tests carried out show that his organs are functioning well.

“So, we are happy to discharge him. We shall still keep monitoring him from his base and we also appeal to members of the public to call the emergency numbers to report any suspected case, so we can take action in a timely manner. It was the timely intervention that saved our index case.”

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She, meanwhile, said that the state was still monitoring the 41 contacts that had been put in self-isolation. She said they would remain in isolation for the prescribed 14 days.

The discharge of the driver means that Ekiti, is currently no longer on the list of states with coronavirus patients in Nigeria.

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