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Edo clears 105 suspected cases, 282 contacts, to commence mobile-based screening

Edo State government says it is making steady progress in the management of Coronavirus (COVID-19), following the discharge of six persons who have tested negative twice to the virus.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who announced this on Sunday, noted that the remaining eight active cases of COVID-19 are being managed at different isolations centres across the state and are responding well to treatment.

Okundia added that another 387 persons, comprising 105 persons of interest (POIs) and 282 line-listed contacts, who tested negative and have completed the compulsory 14-day follow up and exited isolation centres.

The commissioner noted that the multi-pronged strategy of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration in handling the pandemic was yielding positive results.

According to him, the state is scaling up facility-based screening across the 18 local government areas, even as the state is to commence community mobile-based screening for COVID-19 in Oredo LGA, to obtain data on how to further contain the virus.

“While Edo has recorded 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19, we have discharged six patients who tested negative twice for the virus. The remaining eight cases are still on active treatment and are responding well to treatment.

“Four of the cases are receiving treatment and follow up at home, while one is presently at Stella Obasanjo Hospital Isolation Centre, Benin.

“Two are at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), and one at Irrua Specialist Hospital (ISTH).

“So far, the state has had 100 percent recovery from the cases admitted and managed at our isolation facilities.

“As we celebrate the successes recorded in the management of COVID-19 in our dear state, it is pertinent to note that compliance with the government’s stay-at-home and social distancing directives, as well as other precautionary measures, are non-negotiable in the fight against the spread of the virus.

“Wash your hands regularly with soap under running water, use alcohol-based sanitizers, and try to get screened at any of our centres across the state. If you must go out, wear facemasks and avoid large gathering of persons,” he said.

Community Transmission: Tension grips FCT residents as 12 test positive for COVID-19 in Mabushi

By Omeiza Ajayi

Fears of massive community transmission of the Novel Coronavirus has hit the nation’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja following the discovery of 12 positive cases in Mabushi, a local community in the heart of the city.

On Saturday, 49 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in Nigeria, with 12 of such cases in Abuja. There had been few cases in Mabushi but the majority of cases uncovered on Saturday were from the village, with health officials now putting the total at 12. One case was also uncovered at Gishiri village, another low-income but densely populated community in the territory. None of the identified cases had any recent history of foreign travel or coming in contact with a returnee.

An infectious disease expert in the Federal Capital Territory FCT Administration who spoke on the condition that his identity be covered as he was not authorised to speak to the Press, said the epidemiological situation of the territory was worrying.

He said; “Due to the fear of community transmission, we had embarked on community active case search. We focused on Mpape due to its proximity to Maitama where we had a lot of cases. Then we went to Gishiri. We got one positive case. What is worrisome is the situation in Mabushi where we have gotten 12 positive cases already”.

He said officials are working round the clock to trace all contacts related to the identified cases.

While he praised the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello for his assistance to health workers, he warned residents against trying to circumvent the rules of the lockdown, describing the Covid-19 pandemic as “an existential threat which must be tackled by all means possible”.

While FCT had 81 confirmed cases as of Saturday night, there were 56 active cases, 23 discharged patients and two fatalities.

The Federal Government had last week disclosed that it now has evidence of “community transmission” of the Coronavirus, and stressed the need for Nigerians to continue to obey all containment protocols put in place by the Federal and sub-national governments.

According to the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire; “We have early evidence of community transmission already which reinforces the urgency of physical distancing, use of face masks particularly where you know you cannot avoid the crowd and also the maintenance of hand and respiratory hygiene as well as strict adherences to measures and regulations as announced by the President yesterday”.