COVID-19: Prisons Official tests Positive in Ondo, as Nigeria hits 9,302 cases

By: Adesoji Adetona

As the country has continued to battle coronavirus pandemic, Ondo state has now recorded 25 cases with the latest one discovered yesterday.

This is contained in a verified twitter handle of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) also put the total number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria at nine thousand three hundred and two.

The state Commissioner for health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro while confirming the latest case to Radio Nigeria in Akure, said the patient, a male, was now at the Infectious disease Hospital Akure for treatment.

Dr Adegbenro explained that the patient was picked from the federal medical centre Owo after presenting with COVID-19 related symptoms and later tested positive to the disease.

Dr Adegbenro noted that contact tracing of the patient had begun to prevent community transmission especially in Owo.

Similarly, an official of the Nigerian Correctional Services (formerly Prisons) who is resident at Ijoka road in Akure, has also tested positive to COVID-19 and now receiving treatment at the Ondo state Infectious Disease Hospital, Akure.

According to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who spoke with newsmen in Akure on Wednesday, “four more cases have been added, making a total of 24 cases. Among the additional four, only one was a case of interstate importation. It was a case of an individual of northern Nigeria extraction who travelled from Sokoto state to Ondo state.

“The second, third and fourth cases were those of community transmission. While the second case was discovered at Oluwatuyi Quarters, Akure and reported by the Federal Medical Centre Annex, Akure, the third case is an official of the Nigerian Correctional Services who is resident in Ijoka road, Akure.

“His (Prisons official) case was reported by the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital Akure complex,” Akeredolu confirmed.

It will be recalled that Ondo state had recorded two fatalities from COVID-19 pandemic.

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