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Edo State, Nigeria discharges 122 COVID-19 patients, records 87 new cases

The Edo State Government in Nigeria has said that 122 coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have been discharged from its isolation centres, while 87 new cases of the virus have been reported.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Patrick Okundia, who disclosed while speaking to journalists in Benin City, said the state has recorded a total of 1353 cases of the virus.

According to him, ” We have recorded 87 new confirmed cases, with 31 cases reported at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH) and 56 cases at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).

“We have made tremendous progress in the management of corona virus, as 122 patients have been  discharged from our isolation centers, bringing the total number of discharges to 718.”

He noted that a total 6300 suspected cases have been reported, with 47 deaths in the state so far.

The commissioner said the state government has intensified contact tracing, line listing and contact monitoring of contacts of the confirmed cases.

Noting that the state government is committed to controlling the spread of the virus, he said necessary actions are being taken regarding Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) practices in ISTH, UBTH and Stella Obasanjo Hospital Isolation Centre (SOHIC).

He added that that the state government has  intensified public enlightenment and sensitization on the need to get screened/tested and for prompt presentation at the designated health facilities when symptomatic.