COVID-19: Ekiti records first death as Nigeria's coronavirus casualty rises to 26
- Ekiti state has recorded its first COVID-19 death in the early hours of Wednesday, April 22
- The state's health commissioner confirmed the development, noting that the deceased who was pregnant died days after giving birth
- Ekiti state has four confirmed cases of COVID-19; two of the cases have been discharged, one is still receiving treatment while one death has been recorded
The COVID-19 casualty figure in Nigeria has risen again as the Ekiti state government announced the death of a patient on Wednesday, April 22.
The state's commissioner for health, Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, said the patient died at the intensive care unit of Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, in the early hours of Wednesday.
She said the victim was a pregnant 29-year-old community health worker and the third case recorded in the state, The Cable reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the patient died at the intensive care unit of the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, where she had been receiving medical care after she was delivered of her baby some days ago.
“The woman showed signs of stability on Monday but unfortunately her condition deteriorated yesterday and we lost her exactly 6:58am today (Wednesday),” she said.
On whether her body will be released to the family, Yaya-Kolade said the state will take standard precautions and comply with the World Health Organisation’s safety rules on the burial.
“We are going to liaise with the family on her burial. We are going to consider safety despite that there was the assumption that the virus is not active in corpse because we don’t know much about the virus,” she said.
Yaya-Kolade said the hospital where the patient died had been sanitised by the government, appealing to the public not to stigmatise the hospital because of the incident.
She added that all the 78 persons who had contacts with the deceased and the medical doctor, who was infected through her, had been traced and placed on isolation.
Ekiti state has four confirmed cases of COVID-19. Two of the cases have been discharged, one is still receiving treatment while one death has been recorded.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) confirmed 117 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Nigeria on Tuesday, April 21.
The new cases are the highest to be reported in the country by the government agency so far.
According to the NCDC, Lagos state has the highest infections with 59 cases while the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja followed with 29 cases.
Kano came third with 14 infections and followed by Borno with six news cases. Katsina also records four new infections as well as Ogun with three new cases.
The total confirmed cases in Nigeria is now 782, out of which 25 (the new death recorded in Ekiti makes it 26) people have lost their lives and 197 have been discharged.
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