The Ekiti state government yesterday said it will reach out to the government of Kwara state to exchange ideas on the medical history of the patient who died of underlining complication arising from COVID-19 in Ekiti state on Wednesday.
The 75- old year woman suspectedly died of CoOVID-19 in one of the tertiary hospitals, after being hospitalised upon referral from a health institution based in Kwara state.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade said this in Ado Ekiti, 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, where she was initially treated for congesting cardiac failure before her 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 state and she was not infected here in Ekiti state” the coommissioner added.
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 state and only two fatalities have been recorded,” she stated.
The commissioner said the state has not recorded an upsurge of victims that would warrant introduction of home isolation method adopted by the Lagos state government.
Director General, Office of Transformation, Strategy and Delivery, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, added that the secutity situation in the state 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 COVID-19 Ambassador, Mr. Femi Adeoye, raised the issue that most of the traders and villagers were not well informed about the wearing of face masks.