COVID-19: Sokoto govt discharges all 101 patients

COVID-19: Sokoto govt discharges all 101 patients

- Sokoto state has recorded a big victory against the coronavirus

- According to the state's health commissioner, all the coronavirus patients have been discharged from the isolation centre

- Since the state recorded its index case on April 19, 14 lives have been lost to COVID-19

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All 101 isolated coronavirus patients in Sokoto state have been discharged.

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Sokoto state taskforce committee on COVID-19, Dr Ali Inname.

Speaking at a news conference in Sokoto, Inname who is also the state’s commissioner for health said as of Friday, June 5, there was no patient at the isolation centre in the state.

The chairman who disclosed that the state had recorded 14 deaths, noted that the index case was recorded on April 19, with 731 samples collected, while 655 contacts completed the 14 days of follow up.

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According to him, the committee received 839 alerts from across the state and all of them were investigated.

He said the patients were from eight local government areas of the state. The patient population had 85% males.

The commissioner added that the committee would continue its activities as many test results were still pending. He said testing of suspected patients would continue.

Inname called on the people to continue to patronise hospitals as service delivery had fully resumed in recognition of the fact that access to healthcare had declined due to the pandemic.

He also advised that they keep abiding by the safety guidelines of wearing face masks, constant washing of hands with soap, and using sanitisers as well as observing physical distance, among others.

Meanwhile, a Nigerian man identified as Ojo Damilare has come out to inspire members of the public with his coronavirus survival story and how he managed to weather the storm.

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Damilare who is an Abuja based lawyer, took to his page on the photo-sharing app, Instagram, to recount what the experience was like.

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According to Damilare, it took only seven days of staying in the Gwagalada isolation centre for him to test negative for COVID-19 after initially testing positive about two weeks ago.

"Happily, after receiving treatment for 7 days at the Gwagwalada Isolation Centre, I have tested negative," his caption read in part.

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