In Oyo State, on Monday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases stood at seven, the state COVID-19 Incidents Centre said.
Checks by our correspondent show that samples of some persons being located through contact tracing were already taken to the diagnostic centre for test.
The state Incident Manager, Dr Olabode Ladiipo, who spoke in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Monday, said,
“We are still with 76 (cases). One of those cases seems to have recovered. We are going to have confirmation of his results very soon.
“If the result comes out negative, we would have had a case that has recovered in Oyo State. However, we are expecting the second result which might be in anytime from now.
“We are still with seven (confirmed) cases and we are still following up with the contacts. At this point in time, we have a total of 101 cases that we are tracing. We have been able to make contact with about 50 of them. We are trying hard to locate the others.”
Asked how they follow up on the already traced contacts, he said,
“We call them everyday. We actually try and see them every other day or every three days.”
According to him, so far, 28 samples have been taken for tests.
“The kits (availability) is the major issue now. But you have to understand that it is a thing that is all over the world now, not in the country alone. We are trying to see how we can work with the virology laboratory and makeup by improvising so that we would be able to meet the demand for testing.
“The state has procured equipment to facilitate diagnosis. The laboratory that we are using has been certified by the National Centre for Disease Control,” he said.
In addition, the former Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Prof. Temitope Alonge, while speaking at the Oyo State Infectious Disease Isolation Centre, Olodo disclosed that he had the mandate of the Oyo State Government to set up the state’s Infectious Disease Isolation Centre.
Judging by the level of work at the centre, Alonge said the Oyo State Government was bent on ensuring that the fight against coronavirus in the state was won.
He said, “Governor Seyi Makinde is working towards success in the fight against this virus. He has taken sound advice from experts. As it stands, the requirements for the take-off of a bigger surge is in place, the Agbami Centre has a ten-bed space, which is why this centre has been created and it will be ready in the next five days.
“We only need to put in some finishing touches like oxygen, running water and solar panel system. We also have a small mortuary because not everyone will survive, but we don’t pray for anyone to die. In a setting like this, people are bound to die and we have to provide them with decent storage.”
The Director, Planning, Resources and Statistics, Oyo State Ministry of Health, Dr Abass Gbolahan, said, “UCH has been a partner in the management of pandemics in the state; we have an Isolation centre there too.
“The Executive Governor has also supported UCH in creating a testing centre, so we don’t have to take samples all the way from here to Lagos.”
Monkeys attack lab assistant, escape with COVID-19 samples
A gang of monkeys attacked a laboratory assistant and escaped with a batch of coronavirus test samples, it has been reported.
The bizarre incident saw the troop of primates launch their assault near Meerut Medical College in Delhi, India.
According to local media, the animals then snatched COVID-19 test samples from three patients and fled.
One of the monkeys was later spotted in a tree chewing one of the sample collection kits, the Times of India reported – adding that test samples from the patients had to be taken again.
It is the latest example of the highly intelligent, red-faced rhesus macaques taking advantage of India’s nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus.
While they have proved an increasing problem in urban areas of the country in recent years, lockdown measures in the last two months have emboldened the monkeys.
Reports have shown them congregating in parts of Delhi normally crowded with humans.
Covid-19: Uganda records 36 new cases toll now 317
Uganda has recorded 36 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 317, the country’s Health Ministry said late Thursday.
Out of the 2,230 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities, 24 Ugandan truck drivers and 12 close contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.
Twenty-six foreign truck drivers, who tested positive at the country’s common border entry points, were handed over to their country of origin, it said.
Out of the 317 COVID-19 cases, 69 have recovered and no one has died of the respiratory disease in the country, according to the health ministry.
FG to use hotels, schools as quarantine, isolation centres
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the Federal Government would require hotels and school dormitories as quarantine and isolation centres because of a shortage of hospital beds.
The minister noted that there were four levels of COVID-19 patients ranging from those on quarantine with zero or mild symptoms to those that would need to be in the intensive care unit.
The minister said,
“We have sadly recorded 254 deaths, most of them are persons associated with other ailments, confirming the general observation that risks are higher for those with illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and non-communicable diseases.
“We need to continue increasing bed capacity to match the probable number of patients, so that we do not experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals.
“In event of overflow, we can require hotels and school dormitories to be prepared for level 1 which is quarantine, and level 2, is isolation of COVID-19 positive with zero or mild symptoms, to free hospital beds to be dedicated to level 3 which are moderate to severe cases and level 4 which is for the high dependency and the intensive care unit.
“I, therefore, call on activists and philanthropists to work with state governments to scale up non-pharmaceutical measures and beef up infrastructural assets for isolation and treatment in their states.”
Ehanire said Nigeria would review its participation in the World Health Organisation solidarity trial. He also stated that proposals for trial of local remedies for COVID-19 had been sent to the relevant research and testing agencies for scientific evaluation.
“The Madagascar herbs have been received at the Ministry of Health, and were found to consist of two varieties; one labelled to be for prevention and the other for treatment. Samples have been given to three agencies of the Ministry of Health and also to the Ministry of Science and Technology.
“These are normal processes for new preparations to be approved for use in Nigeria, and include toxicological and efficacy tests and clinical trials. Government will investigate all genuine efforts to find homegrown solutions to the pandemic.”
The minister said Madagascar’s drugs had been sent to NAFDAC, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research.
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