By Timothy Alao, Osogbo
Osun State has recorded another death linked to the coronavirus infection, The Gazelle News.com can report.
The victim, according to the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, was a woman in her late 60s who died at the state Isolation Centre in Osogbo.
“On a sad note, we lost a COVID-19 patient in her late 60s at our isolation centre in Osogbo. We pray God grant her eternal rest and give her family the fortitude to bear the loss,” he said.
The Gazelle News.com reports further that the State has discharged four Covid-19 patients. They are three health workers and the the index Covid-19 case in the state.
They were discharged having recovered fully from the virus infection after testing negative twice.
The index case was released 38 days after he was taken to the Isolation Centre.
The case had arrived Osun from the United Kingdom before being taken into the Isolation Centre, and subsequently to the care facility, where he has been receiving adequate medical care until his full recovery on Friday, 1 May, 2020.
Isamotu recalled that the health workers had last Wednesday, 29 April, 2020 tested negative for COVID-19 but had to be subjected to a second round of test, in line with the protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.
He revealed that the state government received results of the index case and those of the health workers’ second test on Friday evening from the NCDC accredited Testing Centre, the African Centre of Excellence in Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Ede.
“With the development, the total number of active cases in the State is now eight,” Isamotu disclosed.
Isamotu urged frontline health workers to always use their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when discharging their duties.
He also reiterated that only accredited isolation and treatment centres in the State are allowed to attend to suspected COVID-19 patients.