The Oyo State government has reported the first confirmed case of the novel Coronavirus in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement signed on Sunday by Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo State.
According to the state government, the patient’s test result returned positive on Saturday.
“The COVID-19 confirmation test for the suspected case at Bodija has come back POSITIVE. The result was released at 17:35 PM of March 21, 2020.
“A follow up on the Ekiti COVID-19 case revealed that the deceased was picked up directly from Lagos Airport to a private apartment in Ona Ara Local Government Area.
“The Health Authorities have contacted the family concerned and the community has been alerted for intensified contact tracing and self-isolation of identified close contacts. The information given that he stayed in some hotels in Ibadan has been found to be false,” the statement read.
Governor Makinde also disclosed that someone who just returned from the United States of America has been placed under isolation, adding that the state officials are collaborating with the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan’s team on the confirmed and suspected cases.
“Another returnee from Texas, USA, has also been identified at Oluyole Local Government Area. She has been kept in self-isolation with close monitoring by the State Epidemiological Team. All recent returnees are again urged to identify themselves to Ministry Officials and self-isolate for 14 days.
“We have released funds for: a. Activation of Emergency Operation Centre at the Ministry of Health; establishment of Diagnostic Centre for screening of Coronavirus and other related infectious diseases to be stationed at the UCH, Ibadan; equipping of the newly designated Oyo State Infectious Disease Centre at Olodo that has the capacity for over 100 cases,” the statement read.
The confirmed case in Oyo State raises the total number of confirmed cases in Nigeria to 23.
However, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has not confirmed the Oyo State case on either its Twitter page or microsite.