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Ekiti State discharges 5 COVID-19 patients

Nigeria - The Ekiti state government says it has treated and discharged five more COVID-19 patients.


Mojisola Yahaya-Kolade, the state commissioner for health, disclosed this at a press briefing in Ado Ekiti, on Monday.


Yahaya-Kolade said the state has also expanded its COVID-19 isolation centre to a 100-bed capacity.
She said the expansion had become necessary following increase in cases of the disease and the need for more proactive measures against the pandemic.
“Owing to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Kayode Fayemi has approved the immediate expansion of the bed capacity in the isolation centre,” she said.
“As at today, we have 100 bed capacity in case of any eventuality. We have also discharged five patients today, out of the 10 active cases. The patients are healthy now, they have tested negative twice.
“However, we still have contacts of patients that we are tracing, the remaining patients in the isolation centre are being treated.”
Kayode Fayemi, the governor, said arrangements had been finalised for the take-off of the state’s COVID-19 testing centre.
“This week, we will be formally launching our testing centre at the teaching hospital. So, I’m confirming it to you,” Fayemi said.
“We are expanding our infectious disease hospital bed space, as you know we have just ten-bed space in the one we are using now but there is an increase and we have to prepare for the worse while we hope for the best.
“We want a reduction in the number of Covid-19 positive patients in the state, but right now, we have about ten active cases, that means all our beds there are fully occupied. So, we have had to then expand to a hundred- bed space. So, if we have any additional patients, we are prepared for them.”
The state has confirmed 15 cases of COVID-19 and recorded one death.


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