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29-Year Old Health Worker Dies of COVID-19 in Ekiti

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Ekiti State has recorded its first Covid-19 death, as the third case died on Wednesday.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, who confirmed this in Ado Ekiti, at a press conference on Wednesday, said the patient who was initially stable, suffered deteriorated condition and died.  

The deceased, a 29-year old woman who was a health professional in Lagos, was said to have sneaked into Ekiti last week before she fell into prolonged labour leading to the discovery that she had contracted the virus.

She died at the Intensive Care Unit of Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti, at 6:58am on Wednesday.

The commissioner lamented that the late Covid 19 patient infected  a 45 -year old medical doctor, who had now been identified as the fourth case by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“The woman showed signs of stability on Monday, but unortunately, her condition deteriorated yesterday and we lost her exactly 6.58am today(Wednesday),” she said. 

Yaya-Kolade stated that the state will take precaution and comply with the World Health Organisation’s safety rules on her burial. 

“We are going to liaise with the family on her burial. We are going to consider safety despite that there was assumption that the virus is not active in corpse, because we don’t know much about the virus.

“But whatever we are going to do won’t be against the interest of the family. But let me assure you that the state will also be on the side of safety”, she stated.

The commissioner assured that the state will proceed with its surveillance  and engage the people on sensitization, to curtail Covid 19 in Ekiti.

She added that all the 78 persons who had contacts with the deceased and the medical doctor, had been traced and placed in isolation.

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