The Ogun government on Thursday announced that three coronavirus patients have been discharged from its isolation centre after they had been tested negative and completed their 14 days mandatory quarantined period.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Comer made the disclosure while briefing newsmen at the Conference Room of the State Ministry of Health in Abeokuta.
She said, “I have good news. In the last 24 hours, three individuals have been given a clean bill of health in the state and discharged from one of our isolation centres to join their families and resume their normal life, thus bringing the total number of discharged individuals to 6”.
” We have only 3 active cases and they are being treated by our doctors and other healthcare workers in one of our Isolation and Treatment Centres”.
Coker added that “in addition, so far, we have identified 210 persons who had contacts with the positive cases, out of which 110 underwent the required 14 days quarantine period. Only 2 of this number tested positive, the remaining 108 tested negatives on completion of the quarantine period”.
“100 others are however are still observing the quarantine period and are being observed and monitored by our specialist doctors and other healthcare workers”.
While disclosing that the state Molecular Laboratory has been delivered and installed, the Commissioner said the state is awaiting the accreditation of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for it to commence full operation, positing that this will significantly boost the efforts of the state to test individuals with suspected symptoms.
She added that the state is waiting the delivery of another Molecular Laboratory on Monday.
Coker hinted that “the State has finalized the installation of Mobile Testing Booths to be deployed across the state, particularly around the vulnerable areas that include communities bordering Lagos to stem community transmission into Ogun State”.
“With the above measures in place, we should be able to have one-day return of test results for anyone suspected of having COVID-19 symptoms in the State”.
“Ogun State has been able to manage the pandemic effectively so far and surpassed the global average for tested cases and transmission. The global average is 1 positive case to 3 new infections. In our case, it is 1 positive case to 1 new infection”, Coker said.
“Whilst we are elated about the current situation, we cannot afford to be complacent or lower our guards, His Excellency has continued to provide leadership and emphasised the need to bring the number of active cases to 0 and prevent no further infection whatsoever and record no death in the state, hence the continuous ramping up of our facilities, even with relatively lower number of positive cases and active cases.
“We cannot allow in surge in cases and the attendant risk of community transmission”.
The Commissioner assured that the state will continuously review the measures in place to combat COVID-19 in the state saying that this will require the support of all citizens and residents of the state.
She advised that “If you have a fever, cough or difficulty in breathing, or anyone around you shows any of the suspected symptoms, please call Ogun State hotlines 0800 123 5678”.