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“We Have Taken Samples Of Close Contacts Of Suspected COVID-19 Fatality” – Kwara State Govt

The Kwara State government has said it has taken samples from the contacts of a man suspected to have died of COVID-19 at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.

The State government has on Wednesday doused growing tension in the state when it denied that the man, a UK returnee died of COVID-19.

In a statement, the Kwara State government said the patient had died of a normal respiratory illness and not COVID-19 as reported in sections of the media.

“The Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19 wishes to clarify that the state has not recorded any confirmed case of COVID-19. As of now, all the six samples tested from Kwara State have returned negative,” Rafiu Ajakaye, spokesman of the Kwara State Technical Committee on COVID-19, said in a statement in Ilorin.

“The committee states that there is no fact, at this moment, to support suggestions that a male patient who died on Wednesday night at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital was a COVID-19 patient.

“Findings by the medical advisory subcommittee revealed that the patient and his wife arrived from the United Kingdom, reportedly came to Ilorin on 20th March, 2020, and went into self-quarantine without reaching out to the government or the technical committee. On the 13th day of the self-quarantine, the husband suddenly had difficulties breathing after reportedly eating dinner and was rushed to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. Efforts to resuscitate him proved abortive and he was pronounced dead.

“The deceased, a Muslim, was promptly taken to Offa, his hometown, where he was interned on Thursday. Owing to the travel history of the deceased, all the medics who attended to him at the UITH have gone into self-quarantine. Similarly, family members who have had contact with the deceased and his wife have been directed to do same. For abundance of caution, samples have been taken from his wife and four others and results are expected in the coming days.

“The committee hereby repeats that there is no record that the UITH patient ever tested positive for the virus,” the State government had said.

On Saturday, a foremost journalist, Fisayo Soyombo queried the handling of the issue by the Kwara State government, revealing that the state had covered up some information that should be made available to the public. In several tweets, he revealed that the ambulance used to transport the Corpse of the man was not returned to the hospital, and further disclosed that health workers in the Teaching Hospital have since gone on to treat themselves prophylactically with Chloroquine.

Recall NAFDAC had said Chloroquine is on clinical trial in Nigeria, and has been found to work against COVID-19 in some countries.

The Kwara State government has also tweeted under Mr. Soyombo’s revelation to reveal that at least 60 persons have been traced, as contacts of the dead patient. They said samples have been sent to Ibadan, believed to be the UCH Virology lab and results are being awaited.






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