The Kaduna State Ministry of Health has commenced active case search within communities in the nine local government areas where COVID-19 infections have been confirmed.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni, said in a statement on Monday that health officials were going into communities to search for and test persons who might be showing any COVID-19 symptom.
“As part of the active case search, 29,771 households have so far been visited. Health officials have tested 297 persons with symptoms such as fever and sore throat,’’ she said.
The commissioner explained that the search for probable cases within communities was combined with targeted testing of contacts of confirmed cases and testing of persons with symptoms that met the case definition.
She warned that the number of COVID-19 cases in the state was likely to increase, as more tests were conducted in more areas.
“Expanded testing will enable early identification of new cases and will help prevent further spread of the virus by getting infected persons to be isolated and treated earlier.
“It will also provide more accurate data to inform the government’s decisions, going forward,’’ she added.
The commissioner further said that the active case search had given the ministry the opportunity to search for other medical conditions and provide services to the communities.
She said that as at May 31, the state had recorded a total of 258 cases, out of which 93 were active cases, with 157 discharged 157 and eight fatalities
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The State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, who made this known through a press statement in Osogbo, also disclosed that eleven patients were also discharged from its Treatment and Isolation Centre same day after testing negative for the virus.
The commissioner noted that the new cases were discovered following contact tracing of previous cases in the Ilesa, Ile Ife and Osogbo areas of the State.
He appealed to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus.
Isamotu then said that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State has risen to 151 with 87 active cases.
“Lack of strict adherence to safety protocols and guidelines by our people is one of the main reasons for the sudden rise in our Covid-19 cases. But with the sentence of a defaulter to 30 days’ imprisonment, we have shown our resolve to enforce these safety protocols and guidelines.
“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Thursday, July 2, is 87. We have 151 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 59 patients while five deaths have been recorded.”
Nigeria records 626 new COVID-19 cases, total now 27,110
Nigeria has recorded 626 new COVID-19 cases in the country as total infections from the virus rose to 27,110.
This was confirmed in a tweet on Thursday night by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Statistics from the NCDC shows that Lagos recorded 193 cases, followed by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 85 cases.
Other states with reported cases are follows: Oyo-41 Edo-38 Kwara-34 Abia-31 Ogun-29 Ondo-28 Rivers-26 Osun-21 Akwa Ibom-18 Delta-18 Enugu-15 Kaduna-13 Plateau-11 Borno-8 Bauchi-7 Adamawa-5 Gombe-4 Sokoto-1
The number of deaths from the virus is now 616, as against 603 recorded on Wednesday. 10,801 patients have so far been discharged, haven recovered from the virus.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says the centre has not relaxed its guidelines on mass gathering in the coronavirus (COVID-19) protocol.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said this at the Presidential Task Force (PTF) media briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
“We are on the verge of opening our flights, airports and we have relaxed intercity travel.
“We know that we have family, loving people and that over the next few weeks, we will all start having this urge to go and visit our parents, our uncles and our aunts.
“We may also restart the funeral activities that we have postponed for months, start the weddings, wine carryings, birthing, baptisms that we have postponed for months.
“Yes, it’s important to do these things and the interstate travel will allow us to do this, but remember we haven’t relaxed the guidelines of mass gatherings,’’ he said.
CMD tests positive for COVID-19 in Ondo
Chief Medical Director of the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Akure, Dr Oluwole Ige, has tested positive for COVID- 19.
A statement by Adeeyo Babatunde on behalf of the Chief Medical Director said Ige is responding to treatment.
It assured members of staff of the hospital that there was no cause for alarm and advised them to go about their normal duties while they adhered strictly to universal precautions against the COVID-19.
According to the statement:
” This is to inform the members of staff of University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital and the general public that the Chief Medical Director was positive to COVID-19 test conducted on him after he exhibited symptoms relating to Corona virus disease.
“However, the CMD is currently being treated and he is responding to the treatment positively.
“All members of staff of the Teaching Hospital and the general public are hereby advised to go about their normal duties and continue to observe universal precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic, as we also wish the CMD quick recovery.”
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