COVID-19: Sokoto discharges 90 patients, records 13 deaths

COVID-19: Sokoto discharges 90 patients, records 13 deaths

- Sokoto state government seems to be doing well in the fight against coronavirus

- So far, the northern state has conducted 617 tests, out of which 116 came back positive

- The state's health commissioner disclosed that the state has also recorded 13 deaths

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As states across Nigeria battle the deadly coronavirus, Sokoto government has discharged 90 patients so far.

As at Friday, May 22, the active cases in the state stood at 13, according to the chairman of the state taskforce committee on COVID-19, Dr Ali Inname.

Inname who is also the commissioner for health in the state disclosed that a total of 617 test had been conducted. Out of that number, 116 tested positive for coronavirus and 13 deaths were recorded, Daily Trust reports.

The commissioner said: “Our innovative approach of the 3Ts (Trace, Test and Treat) has been proactive and effective in aligning the various stages of identification, testing and treatment of suspected and confirmed cases in the state."

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According to him, the state government has been collaborating with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and many other stakeholders to curtail the spread of the virus in Sokoto.

Inname supported the position taken by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Muhammadu Abubakar and other stakeholders, on the need to observe the Eid-Fitr in compliance with other safety protocols.

He urged Muslims to comply with the directives, noting that this is not the best time to embark on festive visitation. "Rather, we encourage you to make use of social media or any other means of communication to extend best wishes to fellow Muslim Ummah and loved ones," he added.

According to him, if the visitation is unavoidable, social distancing, use of face mask and constant use of sanitizers at interval should be applicable.

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Inname urged all Muslims to pray for the state and country in general during the Eid-fitr prayers for Allah’s intervention for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. reported that as at Friday, May 22, Nigeria has a total of 7,261 cases, excluding Kogi and Cross River states that are yet to record a single case.

The NCDC wrote in a tweet: "On the 22nd of May 2020, 245 new confirmed cases and 10 deaths were recorded in Nigeria.

"Till date, 7261 cases have been confirmed, 2007 cases have been discharged and 221 deaths have been recorded in 34 states and the Federal Capital Territory."

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